In Person: Michael Bazzett, Edgar Kunz, Melissa Cundieff, and Moheb Soliman

Central Time

Milkweed Books
1011 Washington Avenue South
Suite 107
Minneapolis, MN 55415
United States



Join us for a special event as we welcome poets Michael Bazzett, Edgar Kunz, Melissa Cundieff and Moheb Soliman for a reading and conversation. Together, these authors will discuss their work’s relationship to loss, change, ecology, urbanization, and the shifting terrain of late-capitalist America.

Michael Bazzett is the author of You Must Remember This, which received the 2014 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry, The Interrogation, and most recently The Echo Chamber. He is also the translator of The Popol Vuh, the first English verse translation of the Mayan creation epic, which was named one a New York Times Best Book of 2018. He is also the author of the chapbook Imaginary City (OW! Arts). His poems have appeared in numerous publications, including Ploughshares, The Sun, Massachusetts Review, Pleiades, and Best New Poets. A longtime faculty member at The Blake School, Bazzett has received the Bechtel Prize from Teachers & Writers Collaborative and is a 2017 National Endowment for the Arts Fellow. He lives in Minneapolis.

Edgar Kunz is the author of two poetry collections: Fixer (Ecco, 2023), a New York Times Editors’ Choice book, and Tap Out (Ecco, 2019). He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, and a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford. Recent poems appear in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, and American Poetry Review. He lives in Baltimore.

Melissa Cundieff is the author of Darling Nova, winner of the Autumn House Press Poetry Prize, and her poems and essays have appeared in places such as The Atlantic and Best of the Net. She received her MFA from Vanderbilt University. Recently moved away from Saint Paul, Melissa taught for a handful of years at Macalester College, as well as the University of Minnesota. She now lives in MA and lectures in creative nonfiction at Harvard.

Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest who’s presented work at literary, art, and public spaces in the US, Canada, and abroad with support from the Banff Centre, Joyce Foundation, Minnesota State Arts Board, and others. He has degrees from The New School for Social Research and University of Toronto and was Program Director for the Arab American lit and film organization Mizna before receiving a multi-year Tulsa Artist Fellowship and most recently a Milkweed Editions fellowship. His debut poetry collection HOMES (Coffee House Press, 2021), about nature, modernity, identity, belonging, and sublimity through the site of the Great Lakes bioregion/borderland, was a Minnesota Book Awards and Heartland Booksellers Award finalist and showcased in Ecotone Journal and Poets & Writers.