Bill’s guest today is the young poet Joy Priest, whose very first book of poetry, Horsepower, won the prestigious Donald Hall Prize for Poetry last year. She has also just won the Stanley Kunitz Poetry Prize in June.
Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in ESPN, Gulf Coast, Mississippi Review, The Rumpus, Virginia Quarterly Review, and Best New Poets 2014, 2016, and 2019, among others. Priest is the winner of the 2019 Gearhart Poetry Prize from The Southeast Review, and the 2016 College Writers’ Award from the Zora Neale Hurston/Richard Wright Foundation.
She was the 2018 Gregory Pardlo Scholar at The Frost Place and is the recipient of fellowships and support from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, the Kentucky Arts Council, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the University of South Carolina, where she received her MFA in Poetry with a certificate in Women & Gender Studies.
This video podcast is approximately forty-seven minutes in length. The Library Guy is co-produced with the Talbot County Free Library and the Spy Newspapers. Photography courtesy of Landon Antonetti.
Letters to Editor
Vickie J. Wilson says
Bill Peake, The Library Guy, never disappoints us. Well done
Carolyn Jaffe says
Bill — It’s Carley Simon!!!
That is the most awesome interview I’ve seen with a poet! You two were delightful.
Joy — what a wonderful invitation and introduction to your fabulous way with poetry.
I call myself a poet, but write infrequently – most often out of stress and frustration … or excessive happiness!
I’ve described it for years thusly:
“I write poetry when English just isn’t enough!”
May the awards continue to arrive, Joy … Good Holidays to you both!