Airea D. Matthews was awarded a 2016 Rona Jaffe Foundation
Writers' Award. Matthews's poems have appeared in Best American
Poetry 2015, American Poet, Four Way Review,
The Missouri Review, The Baffler, and elsewhere. She
lives and writes in Detroit.
Carl Phillips is the award-winning author of twelve books of poetry. His most recent work is the poetry collection Reconnaissance. This is his sixth year as judge of the Yale Series of Younger Poets.
"Matthews's writing is bold, innovative and complex."-Washington
"Matthews is virtuosic, frantic, and darkly, very darkly, funny."-Dan Chiasson, New Yorker
"There's manic, witty energy throughout and delight in the play of form and language."-Library Journal
"[A] deft, shape-shifting debut. . . . Matthews surveys the possible responses to what seems ineluctable, offering a work of intrepid imagination, inquiry, and strength."-Publishers Weekly (starred review)
Winner of a 2016 Rona Jaffee Foundation Writer's Award