Prairie Lights Virtual | Carl Phillips in conversation with Kaveh Akbar

The Then War book cover

Please join us for a reading and conversation with Carl Phillips to celebrate the release of his new poetry collection Then the War: And Selected Poems. He will be joined in conversation with Kaveh Akbar.

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Publishers Weekly says of the book "This selected offers admirers of Phillips’s work a chance to revisit his masterful poems, and new readers an opportunity to see the evolution of a vital presence in American poetry . . . These lyrically rich, insightful poems are full of palpable aching—’like the rhyme between lost/ and most’—and a human urge to understand. This remarkable compendium is a testament to the spirit of Phillips’s work.”

Carl Phillips is the author of several books of poetry, including Silverchest, a finalist for the International Griffin Prize, and Double Shadow, winner of the Los Angeles Times Book Prize. He is also the author of The Art of Daring: Risk, Restlessness, Imagination. Phillips teaches at Washington University in St. Louis.

Kaveh Akbar is the author of Calling a Wolf a Wolf and has received honors such as a Levis Reading Prize and multiple Pushcart Prizes. Born in Tehran, Iran, he teaches at Purdue University and in low-residency programs at Warren Wilson and Randolph Colleges.

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