Darrel Alejandro Holnes discusses his debut poetry collection, Stepmotherland, with Hafizah Geter. [link id=’2115648′ text=’Curated Conversation(s): a Latinx Poetry Show’] is a monthly interview with a Latinx poet who has recently published their first book. The debut poets themselves have selected their interlocutors.
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Darrel Alejandro Holnes is the author of Stepmotherland, forthcoming from Notre Dame Press in 2022, and Migrant Psalms, from Northwestern University Press in 2021. He is the co-author of Prime from Sibling Rivalry Press, and the co-editor of Happiness, The Delight-Tree: An Anthology of Contemporary International Poetry. He is the recipient of a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship in Creative Writing, the CP Cavafy Prize from Poetry International, the Andres Montoya Poetry Prize from Letras Latinas, and the Drinking Gourd Poetry Prize. His poems have been published in American Poetry Review, Poetry Magazine, Callaloo, Best American Experimental Writing, and elsewhere.
Hafizah Geter is a Nigerian-American poet, writer, and literary agent born in Zaria, Nigeria. Called “one of 2020’s buzziest poets” by Marie Claire, Hafizah is the author of the debut poetry collection UN-AMERICAN from Wesleyan University Press (September 2020), nominated for a 2021 NAACP Image award, a finalist for the 2021 PEN Open Book Award, and which received a Starred Review from Publisher’s Weekly. Roxane Gay calls the poems “incisive” and “devastating.” Hafizah’s poetry and prose have appeared in The New Yorker, Tin House, Boston Review, Longreads, Yale Review, Paris Review, and McSweeney’s Indelible in the Hippocampus, among others.
Curated Conversation(s) is a collaboration between The Writer’s Center, Duende District, Poet Lore, and Letras Latinas, the literary initiative at the University of Notre Dame’s Institute for Latino Studies. This project is funded by the Poetry Foundation and the generosity of individual donors.