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Danez Smith and Kaveh Akbar In Conversation

Danez Smith & Kaveh Akbar

Danez Smith and Kaveh Akbar share sublime food experiences, discuss their latest collections and ask one another how best to bring community into poetry.

Danez Smith

Danez Smith is the author of Don’t Call Us Dead and [insert] boy, winner of the 2016 Kate Tufts Discovery Award and the 2015 Lambda Literary Award. Danez is the recipient of a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship and is a founding member of the Dark Noise Collective.

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Kaveh Akbar

Kaveh Akbar’s poems have appeared in the New Yorker, the Paris Review, the New York Times, Best American Poetry and elsewhere. He is the author of two books of poetry – Pilgrim Bell and Calling a Wolf a Wolf – and the editor of The Penguin Book of Spiritual Verse: 100 Poets on the Divine. Born in Tehran, Iran, Akbar teaches at Purdue University and in the low-residency MFA programmes at Randolph and Warren Wilson colleges. Currently, he serves as Poetry Editor for the Nation.

Photograph © Paige Lewis

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