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Monday Must Read! Gabrielle Brant Freeman, When She Was Bad

gabbyAnd we’re back—with the amazing Gabrielle Brant Freeman, author of the stunning debut collection When She Was Bad. Gabrielle’s poetry has been published in many journals, most recently in Barrelhouse, Hobart, Melancholy Hyperbole, Rappahannock Review, storySouth, and Waxwing. She was nominated twice for the Best of the Net, and she was a 2014 finalist. Gabrielle won the 2015 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Press 53 published her first book, When She Was Bad, in 2016. Gabrielle earned her MFA through Converse College.

Visit Gabrielle’s Website

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/

Buy Gabrielle’s Beautiful Book! At Press 53!

http://www.press53.com/Gabrielle_Brant_Freeman.html

Praise for When She Was Bad

Lust. Love. Betrayal and loyalty. Temptation and hilarity. Gabrielle Freeman dissects her speakers’ hearts, tenderly, with supreme attention to what it is to be human, female, and fierce. Gabrielle Freeman’s poems are bad–by which I mean badass bold. Michael Jackson bad. Freeman’s bad and you know it. That’s why you read her. When She Was Bad is a smart, compassionate, tightly crafted and explosive debut. — Denise Duhamel

Read More from Gabby Online

http://gabriellebrantfreeman.squarespace.com/poems-1/

http://ciderpressreview.com/tag/gabrielle-freeman/#.WBc8rdUrKM8

http://www.chagrinriverreview.com/gabrielle-freeman.html

Hear Gabby Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LnC84HvJl94

You don’t want to miss this poet!

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

 

Monday Must Read! Jonathan Moody: Olympic Butter Gold

iv_jonathanmoody_headshotThis week meet Jonathan Moody. Jonathan holds an MFA from the University of Pittsburgh and a BS degree in Psychology from Xavier University of Louisiana. Author of The Doomy Poems (Six Gallery Press, 2012) and Olympic Butter Gold (Northwestern University Press, 2015), winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, his poetry has appeared in such publications as African American Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, Borderlands, Boston Review, The Common, and Harvard Review Online. He lives in Fresno, Texas, with his wife and son.

Buy Jonathan Moody’s Books

Olympic Butter Gold

http://www.nupress.northwestern.edu/content/olympic-butter-gold

Jonathan Moody grew up during the Golden Ages of hip-hop and listened to rap that was as adventurous and diverse as his military upbringing. When rap’s Golden Ages expired, the music’s innovativeness and variety diminished. Moody’s second book, Olympic Butter Gold, winner of the 2014 Cave Canem Northwestern University Press Poetry Prize, responds to Chuck D’s claim that “if there was a HIP-HOP or Rap Olympics, I really don’t think the United States would get Gold, Silver or Brass.” From the poem “Opening Ceremony,” in the voice of a heroin addict struggling to use Lady Liberty’s torch to cook “The American Dream,” to “Dear 2Pac,” an autobiographical account of teaching Tupac Shakur’s poetry to engage high school students indifferent to literature, Moody shares a worldview that is simultaneously apocalyptic and promising.

The Doomy Poems

https://www.amazon.com/Doomy-Poems-Jonathan-Moody/dp/1926616448

The Doomy Poems challenges the notion that the blues embodies resignation: a self-imposed suffering in which one chooses to remain stuck at the crossroads of nostalgia and obsession. Through persona poems written in the voices of three characters, Jonathan Moody illustrates that in both the South (Houston) and the North (Pittsburgh) the roads to love and integrity, although freshly paved, are strewn with nails and shards of glass.”

Read More From Jonathan Online

http://harvardreview.fas.harvard.edu/?q=features/poetry/inefficiency-burning

https://www.bostonreview.net/poetry/npm15-jonathan-moody-aubade-the-son-rising

http://www.storysouth.com/poetry/2006/07/moody_three_poems.html

http://fplrefdesk.blogspot.com/2013/12/2-poems-by-featured-poet-jonathan-moody.html

Interviews

http://thecommononline.org/features/topical-poetry-interview-jonathan-moody

http://1839mag.com/profiles/observing-the-wider-universe-through-hip-hop-a-look-at-jonathan-moody/

http://thecommonmag.tumblr.com/post/109985371108/topical-poetry-an-interview-with-jonathan-moody

Hear Jonathan Read

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l10VqL4VSZ8

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WMJNpbW8W6Q

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M4lkbkp4e1w

Happy Reading, y’all!

xo

Mary

 

 

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