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Vievee Francis & Matthew Olzmann | An Evening of Poetry

We are thrilled to learn that Vievee Francis has recently been awarded the prestigious Kingsley Tufts Award, for her third volume of poetry Forest Primeval!

Francis has two other poetry collections, Horse in the Dark, which won the Cave Canem Northwestern University Poetry Prize for a second collection; and Blue-Tail Fly. Her work has appeared in numerous print and online journals, textbooks, and anthologies, including Best American Poetry and Angles of Ascent: A Norton Anthology of Contemporary African American Poetry. In 2009 she received a Rona Jaffe Writer’s Award, and most recently the 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. 

Currently, Francis serves as an Associate Editor of Callaloo and is an associate professor of English in creative writing at Dartmouth College.

Matthew Olzmann is the author of two collections of poems, Mezzanines, which was selected for the Kundiman Prize, and more recently Contradictions in the Design,  both from Alice James Books.  He’s received fellowships from Kundiman, the Kresge Arts Foundation and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference.  His poems, stories, and essays have appeared in Kenyon Review, New England Review, Necessary Fiction, Brevity, Southern Review and elsewhere.  

Olzmann has taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson College and is currently teaching at Dartmouth.


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Event date: 
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Norwich Bookstore
291 Main Street
Norwich, VT
Forest Primeval: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780810132436
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Published: Triquarterly - November 30th, 2015

Winner, 2017 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award
Winner, 2016 Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in the Poetry category
Finalist, 2015 Balcones Poetry Prize
Shortlist finalist, 2015 PEN Open Book Award for an exceptional book by an author of color

"Another Anti-Pastoral," the opening poem of Forest Primeval, confesses that sometimes "wor

Contradictions in the Design Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938584275
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (call or email to confirm availability)
Published: Alice James Books - November 2016

"Matthew Olzmann's poetry is that rare thing that embraces complication while, at every turn, filling us with wonder. Contradictions in the Design incorporates 'patterns among celestial bodies, the mysteries of Christ, X + Y, crossword puzzles, free will, ' but also the playfulness and oddities of life that allow us to laugh hardest at ourselves.