Love, Trouble, and the Blues: a Reading and Conversation around Masquerade
Four poet friends gather in a virtual circle of memory and reflection to read from and talk about their recent work, especially the shared sensibilities, experiences and concerns that led them to provide pre-publication comments for Carolyne Wright's new book, Masquerade (Lost Horse Press, 2021).
Masquerade is a jazz-infused memoir in poetry involving an interracial couple trying to find a place together in racist America. Love, trouble, and the blues–all of these poets have been there! Join them in this virtual circle of reading and reflection.
Read more about Masquerade on the Lost Horse website: https://www.losthorsepress.org/catalog/masquerade/
David Rigsbee is author of, most recently This Much I Can Tell You and Not Alone in My Dancing: Essays and Reviews, both from Black Lawrence Press. A Pushcart Prize winner and recipient of two NEA grants, he has also held fellowships to The American Academy in Rome, Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, Virginia Commission on the Arts, Djerassi Foundation, and Academy of American Poets. Besides eleven collections of poems, he has published critical books on Joseph Brodsky and Carolyn Kizer, and co-edited Invited Guest: An Anthology of Twentieth Century Southern Poetry. His translation of Dante’s Paradiso is forthcoming from Salmon Poetry. A co-executor of the literary estate of Carolyn Kizer, he lives in New York's Hudson Valley.
Carolyne Wright’s new book is Masquerade, a memoir in poetry (Lost Horse Press, 2021). Previous books include This Dream the World: New & Selected Poems (Lost Horse, 2017), whose title poem won a Pushcart Prize and also appeared in The Best American Poetry 2009; and the anthology, Raising Lilly Ledbetter: Women Poets Occupy the Workspace (Lost Horse, 2015), which received ten Pushcart Prize nominations. Carolyne has also received NEA and 4Culture grants, and a Fulbright U.S. Scholar Award. Visit https://carolynewright.wordpress.com for more information.
Gary Copeland Lilley
Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman’s Medicine Show, from Lost Horse Press (2017); a chapbook, The Hog Killing, from Blue Horse Press (2018); and High Water Everywhere (Willow Books, second edition 2022). Earlier poetry collections include Alpha Zulu (Ausable Press, 2008), The Reprehensibles (Fractal Edge Press, 2004), and The Subsequent Blues (Four Way Books, 2004). Originally from Sandy Cross, North Carolina, Gary Copeland Lilley was a longtime resident of Washington, D.C., where he was a founding member of the Black Rooster Collective. He received the D.C. Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry in 1996 and again in 2000, and he earned a MFA in Poetry from Warren Wilson College in 2002. He now lives, writes, teaches, curates faculty for the Port Townsend Writers Conference, and plays blues guitar in the Pacific Northwest. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, and is a Cave Canem Fellow.