UrbanReads: Amanda Moore in Conversation with Courtney Rein
Sunday, November 7
Please note that due to the heavy rain and winds on October 24, this event has been postponed until November 7.
Our fall 2021 UrbanReads features poet and Urban English teacher Amanda Moore, in conversation with fellow faculty member Courtney Rein. Amanda will discuss her soon-to-be-published book of poetry Requeening, the 2020 winner of the National Poetry Series, selected by author Ocean Vuong.
From Ocean Vuong:
Moore’s Requeening is a rare feat for any book of poems, let alone a debut, in that the lines, wrought with such deft precision and care, mark the sum total of a life richly lived and felt at the seat of poetry....Moore leaves nothing unobserved, not because of some allegiance to poetic duty but because the objects of her world and the people in them deserve attention, which, to this poet, is synonymous with care.
From HarperCollins Publishers:
Engaging the matriarchal structure of the beehive, Amanda Moore explores the various roles a woman plays in the family, the home, and the world at large. Beyond the productivity and excess, the sweetness and sting, Requeening brings together poems of motherhood and daughterhood, an evolving relationship of care and tending, responsibility and joy, dependence and deep love.
Amanda Moore's poems have appeared in journals and anthologies including Best New Poets, ZZYZVA, Cream City Review, and Mamas and Papas: On the Sublime and Heartbreaking Art of Parenting, and her essays have appeared in The Baltimore Review, Hippocampus Magazine, and on the University of Arizona Poetry Center’s blog. In addition to her Urban teaching duties, Amanda is currently poetry co-editor at Women’s Voices for Change and a reader at VIDA Review and INCH.
Courtney Rein teaches alongside Amanda Moore in the Urban English department. Although her most formative forays into poetry involved reading Vergil and Horace in Latin, her work at Urban has led her into the dynamic, multi-faceted world of contemporary poets. And because of Amanda, she knows exactly which ones to follow on Twitter!