Shane McCrae and Kiki Petrosino
Poetry at Bennington—Fall 2020
OPEN TO THE PUBLIC | Poets Shane McCrae and Kiki Petrosino read from their recent poetry collections "Sometimes I Never Suffered" and "White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia," followed by a public Q&A.
Shane McCrae is the author of seven books of poetry, most recently Sometimes I Never Suffered (FSG, 2020); The Gilded Auction Block (FSG, 2019), a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection; and In the Language of My Captor (Wesleyan, 2017), winner of the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and a finalist for the National Book Award, the LA Times Book Award, and the Poetry Society of America’s William Carlos Williams Award. His work has appeared in The American Poetry Review, The New Yorker, The New York Times, Poetry, and the Best American Poetry series. The recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Award, an NEA Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, and a Whiting Writers’ Award, he is an assistant professor at Columbia University.
Kiki Petrosino is the author of four collections of poetry: White Blood: A Lyric of Virginia (2020), a New York Times New & Noteworthy selection included on Publishers Weekly’s “Anti-Racist Reading List”; Witch Wife, a New York Times Best Book of 2017; Hymn for the Black Terrific, (2013); and Fort Red Border (2009), all from Sarabande Books. Her poems and essays have appeared in The Nation, The New York Times, Poetry, and the Best American Poetry series. The recipient of a Pushcart Prize and fellowships from the NEA and the Kentucky Arts Council, she is a Professor of Poetry at the University of Virginia.