Curated Conversation(s): Darrel Alejandro Holnes with Hafizah Geter
Curated Conversation(s): A Latinx Poetry Show is a virtual initiative that features in-depth conversations between a Latinx poet and an interlocutor of their choosing. These pre-recorded discussions are posted on the web every month and involve a deep dive into a first book. A parallel activity involves monthly book club discussions on Zoom moderated by guest poets. This Letras Latinas program is a partnership with The Writer’s Center and Duende District Bookstore, made possible with funding from the Poetry Foundation and private benefaction.
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.