A Woodland Pattern Book Center Reading with Tiana Clark, Joshua Nguyen, and Julian Randall

Poetry Reading with Tiana Clark, author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), Joshua Nguyen, author of Come Clean (University of Wisconsin Press, 2021), winner of the 2021 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry, and Julian Randall, author of Refuse (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018). 

This event will be held online via Zoom.

Tiana Clark is the author of the poetry collection I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2018), winner of the 2017 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, and Equilibrium (Bull City Press, 2016), selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. Clark is a winner for the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award (Claremont Graduate University), a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow, and the 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. A recipient of the 2021-2022 Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Scholarship and a 2019 Pushcart Prize, she has been awarded scholarships and fellowships to the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, Sewanee Writers' Conference, and Kenyon Review Writers Workshop, and was the 2017-2018 Jay C. and Ruth Halls Poetry Fellow at the Wisconsin Institute of Creative Writing. Clark is a graduate of Vanderbilt University (M.F.A) and Tennessee State University (B.A.) where she studied Africana and Women's studies. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from The New YorkerPoetry MagazineThe AtlanticThe Washington PostVirginia Quarterly ReviewTin House OnlineKenyon ReviewAmerican Poetry ReviewOxford American, and elsewhere. She is the Grace Hazard Conkling Writer-in-Residence at Smith College.

Joshua Nguyen is a Vietnamese-American writer, a collegiate national poetry slam champion (CUPSI), and a native Houstonian. He is the author of the chapbook American Lục Bát for My Mother (Bull City Press, 2021) and has received fellowships from Kundiman, Tin House, Sundress Academy For The Arts, and the Vermont Studio Center. He has been published in The OffingWildnessAmerican Poetry ReviewThe Texas ReviewAuburn AvenueCrab Orchard Review, and Gulf Coast, and has also been featured on both the VS podcast and The Slowdown. His debut poetry collection, Come Clean (University of Wisconsin Press), was the winner of the 2021 Felix Pollak Prize in Poetry. He is a PhD student at The University of Mississippi, where he also received his MFA. 

Julian Randall is a Living Queer Black poet from Chicago. He has received fellowships from Cave Canem, CantoMundo, Callaloo, BOAAT, Tin House, Milkweed Editions, and The Watering Hole. Julian is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize and the winner of the 2019 Betty Berzon Emerging Writer Award from the Publishing Triangle and the 2019 Frederick Bock Prize. His poetry has been published in New York Times MagazinePloughshares, and Poetry magazine, and anthologized in The Breakbeat Poets Vol.4, Nepantla, and Furious Flower. His essays have been published in The AtlanticVibeBlack Nerd Problems, and elsewhere. He holds an MFA in Poetry from Ole Miss. His first book, Refuse, won the Cave Canem Poetry Prize and was a finalist for an NAACP Image Award. He was also a contributor to the #1 New York Times-bestseller Black Boy Joy and is the author of the middle-grade novel Pilar Ramirez and the Escape from Zafa (Holt, 2022). He talks a lot about poems and other things on Twitter at @JulianThePoet.