November 27, 2018KR Conversations

KR Podcast with Solmaz Sharif

Poet and Peter Taylor Fellow Nathan Lipps talks with poet Solmaz Sharif, one of our writers workshop instructors about a poem’s audience, staying in the discomfort of a poem, and revising one’s beliefs within a workshop experience.

Born in Istanbul to Iranian parents, Solmaz Sharif holds degrees from UC Berkeley, where she studied and taught with June Jordan’s Poetry for the People, and New York University. Her debut collection LOOK (Graywolf Press) was a finalist for the 2016 National Book Award and 2017 PEN Open Book Award. Sharif has published poetry in the New Republic and Poetry, and has received a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is currently a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.

Nathan Lipps holds an MFA from Wichita State University and is currently a PhD student at Binghamton University. His poetry has been included in Best New Poets 2017, Colorado Review, Third Coast, & elsewhere. His chapbook, the body as passage, is forthcoming (Open Palm Print).