Topic: Jack Straw Writers 2021
Poem: “The Yellow Jackets” and “At Trader Joe’s in South Pasadena”
Recorded: April 10, 2021
This week Poetry Club discusses two poems from each of the three Jack Straw 2021 poets, S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff. Three brilliant and dynamic poets! First up are two poems from Batiste. Her website defines her as an “Interdisciplinary Poet & Storyteller, West Coast bred. Remotely based. World bound.” Poetry Club enjoyed discussing the two poems. We hope you will seek out Batiste’s books and add them to your collection.
Each year twelve writers/writing teams are selected by a curator, based on artistic excellence, diversity of literary genres, and a cohesive grouping of writers.
The Jack Straw Cultural Center is located in
Seattle’s University District at: 4261 Roosevelt Way NE, Seattle, WA
“S. Erin Batiste is an interdisciplinary poet, storyteller, and author of the chapbook Glory to All Fleeting Things. In 2021 this year, she is the recipient of PERIPLUS, Jack Straw Writers, and the dots between fellowships, and is a Writer in Residence at The Studios at MASS MoCA, Prairie Ronde, and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation. Her other recent honors include fellowships and support from Cave Canem, Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference-Rona Jaffe Foundation, Crosstown Arts, and Callaloo. Batiste is a reader for The Rumpus and her own Pushcart, Best New Poets, and Best of the Net nominated poems are anthologized and appear internationally in Michigan Quarterly Review, Puerto del Sol, and wildness among other decorated journals.” -from her website.
Please visit her website to learn more: https://www.sbatistewrites.com/
The poems attached belong to S. Erin Batiste, Patrycja Humienik, and Abi Pollokoff respectively.
Please visit the Jack Straw website to learn more about this fascinating program.
photo credits: S. Erin Batiste website, Jack Straw Cultural Center website.