Happy Hour Lecture Series

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Writing is hard. Getting published is even harder. Former Nashvillians and graduates of the Vanderbilt MFA program discuss all stages of the publication process – from drafting to revising to building a cohesive collection. These two award-winning poets will share their experiences writing and publishing a first book, and offer participants practical advice on how to move forward with their own project. Edgar and Anders will also read from their newly-published collections. Q&A to follow.

Libations: Yes.
$10/members, $15 non-members


Edgar Kunz is the author of Tap Out (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2019). A National Endowment for the Arts Literature Fellow and former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, his poems appear widely, including in Ploughshares, New England Review, The Sewanee Review, and most recently in U.S. Poet Laureate Tracy K. Smith’s podcast The Slowdown. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches at Goucher College and in the MFA program at Salve Regina University.

Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W.W. Norton, 2019). His work has appeared in BuzzFeed, Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New England Review, Poetry Daily, The Sun, Best New Poets, and The Best American Nonrequired Reading. The recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the McKnight Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee, and the Napa Valley Writers’ Conference, he is the winner of Ninth Letter’s Poetry Award as well as the 2017 Poetry International Prize. His work has been translated into Chinese. Anders holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Minneapolis.