“How I live in my awareness.”
CAConrad (USA, 1966)
By PoetryFoundation.org CAConrad grew up in Pennsylvania, where he helped to support his single mother during his difficult youth. Influenced by Eileen Myles, Audre Lorde, Alice Notley, and Emily Dickinson, Conrad writes poems in which stark images of sex, violence, and defiance build a bridge between fable and confession. He is well known for his (Soma)tic poetry rituals, which he has described as, “how I live in my awareness.”

Adrian Matejka
(Germany, 1971)
By PoetryFoundation.org Adrian Matejka was born in Nuremberg, Germany and grew up in California and Indiana. He earned his BA from Indiana University and an MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale. The poet Aaron Belz wrote that, “Matters of race and identity, figured against the ever-shifting backdrop of media culture, are of central importance to Matejka.” Matejka’s poems make use of musicality, pop culture references, and unexpected combinations of images and phrases.

Laura Kasischke
(USA, 1961)
by POETRYFOUNDATION.ORG Poet and novelist Laura Kasischke was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Kasischke’s poetry is noted for its intelligent, honest portrayal of domestic and familial life, its …

REBEL YELLS: Poets in Resistance
by David Buuck From the incredible wealth of poets and translations available in the Poetry International archive, I’ve selected a few poems that I hope suggest the range and diversity of approaches to dissent and resistance in poetry across the globe. Of …

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