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Hard Hat Reading: Rachel James

Rachel James—poet, artist and audio documentarian—reads from Valerie Hsiung’s To Love an Artist, and her own new book An Eros Encyclopedia.

Hard Hat Reading: Mervyn Taylor

Poet, teacher, and masquerader costume designer Mervyn Taylor reads “The Season of Phantasmal Peace” by Derek Walcott and his own poems “The Mentor” and “Donde Estés” in memory of Derek Walcott.

Hard Hat Reading: Ellen Bass

Award-winning poet and editor Ellen Bass reads her late mentor Florence Howe’s “Seven Rooms” and her own poem dedicated to Howe, “Lightning Streak of White.”

Hard Hat Reading: Kaveh Akbar

Poet and scholar Kaveh Akbar recites and discusses “I came to you” by Jean Valentine, and his own poem “Reading Farrokhzad in a Pandemic” from his recent book Pilgrim Bell.

Hard Hat Reading: Asiya Wadud

Writer, poet, essayist, and teacher Asiya Wadud reads from Inger Christensen’s Alphabet, and her own poem “L” from the collection No Knowledge Is Complete Until It Passes Through My Body.

Hard Hat Reading: Indran Amirthanayagam

Poet, diplomat, and Beltway Editions co-publisher Indran Amirthanayagam reads “The Center of the World” by Mervyn Taylor and poems from his own collections The Splintered Face and Ten Thousand Steps Against the Tyrant.

Hard Hat Reading: Donna Masini

Award-winning poet, novelist and educator Donna Masini reads “Roman Poem Number Thirteen” by her mentor June Jordan and new poems of her own from a forthcoming collection.

Hard Hat Reading: Allison Adelle Hedge Coke

Poet and editor Allison Adelle Hedge Coke reads work by Brandy Nālani McDougall and poems from several of her own books, including 2022 National Book Awards finalist Look at This Blue.

Hard Hat Reading: Timothy Liu

Poet and educator Timothy Liu reads “Those New York City Pigeons” by Jayne Cortez and two poems from his own recent book Let It Ride.

Hard Hat Reading: Megan Fernandes

Poet and writer Megan Fernandes reads poems from Good Boys and her forthcoming collection I Do Everything I’m Told, plus “the blackness of the hole” by Dutch poet Radna Fabias.