Fady Joudah & William Virgil Davis - FIRSTS

Tuesday, October 22, 2019 - 7:00pm
1011 McGowen St
Houston, TX 77002

This event will take place offsite at Bar Mongoose v. Cobra.

Firsts serves as both a testament to the enduring power of poetic expression and exploration of the ways poetry has evolved over the past century. In addition to judiciously assembling this wide-ranging anthology, series judge Carl Phillips provides an introduction to the history and impact of Yale Younger Poets prize and its winners within the wider context of American poetry, including the roles of race, gender, and sexual orientation.

Fady Joudah was born in Austin, Texas to Palestinian refugee parents and grew up in Libya and Saudi Arabia. He studied at the University of Georgia, the Medical College of Georgia, and the University of Texas Health Sciences in Houston, where he is now a physician. Joudah’s other collections are Alight (2013), Textu (2014), and Footnotes in the Order of Disappearance (2018). He has won a Guggenheim Fellowship and, for his translations of Darwish and Zaqtan, respectively, the PEN USA award and the Griffin International Poetry Prize.

William Virgil Davis was born in Canton, Ohio, and educated at Ohio University and the Pittsburgh Theological Seminary. He has written six books of poetry, including Dismantlements of Silence: Poems Selected and New (2015), and half a dozen critical studies. Davis taught at several universities in the US, including Baylor University (where he retired) and at the Universities of Vienna, Copenhagen and Wales. Among his honors are the Yale Younger Poets Prize, New Criterion Poetry Prize, and the Helen C. Smith Memorial Award for Poetry. His poems have been widely published worldwide.

Firsts: 100 Years of Yale Younger Poets (Yale Series of Younger Poets) Cover Image
By Carl Phillips (Editor)
ISBN: 9780300243161
Availability: Special Order - Subject to Availability
Published: Yale University Press - October 22nd, 2019