Lee Woodman, winner of the 2020 William Meredith Prize for Poetry, reads poems from her new collection, Lifescapes. Poet and novelist Jane Rosenberg LaForge leads a discussion with Lee and audience members about significant life issues during the global pandemic and a fraught election year: divorce, COVID, and what we’ll keep writing about—past, present, and future.
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Jane Rosenberg LaForge writes poetry, fiction, and occasional essays from her home in New York. She is the author of seven volumes of poetry–four chapbooks and three full-length collections–two novels, and a memoir. Her newest poetry collection is Medusa’s Daughter from Animal Heart Press; her most recent novel is Sisterhood of the Infamous from New Meridian Arts Press. Her 2018 novel, The Hawkman: A Fairy Tale of the Great War, was a finalist in two categories in the Eric Hoffer awards. She also has been nominated for the storySouth Million Writers Award; the Best of the Net compilation; and the Pushcart Prize. She reviews books for American Book Review and reads poetry for Counterclock literary magazine.
Lee Woodman is the winner of the 2020 William Meredith Prize for Poetry. Her essays and poems have been published in Tiferet Journal, Zócalo Public Square, Grey Sparrow Press, The Ekphrastic Review, vox poetica, The New Guard Review, The Concord Monitor, The Hill Rag, Naugatuck River Review, and The Broadkill Review. A Pushcart nominee, she received an Individual Poetry Fellowship from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities FY 2019 and FY 2020. Her poetry collection, Mindscapes, was published by Poets’ Choice Publishing on January 9, 2020, and Homescapes was published on May 22, 2020 by Finishing Line Press. Lifescapes will be published by Kelsay Books in summer 2021.