Poetry. Recipient of the 2000 Beatrice Hawley Award. Lyrical yet political, fragmented yet inclusive, energetically improvisational yet elegantly shaped...UTOPIC resists conventional classifications. This collection of poetry asks readers to engage in a poignant examination of the boundaries of the poetic, an examination where the implications far exceed questions of aesthetics. In fact, the book's refusal of easy categorization echoes Martin Luther King's imperative that we act as a beloved community by rejecting harmful inherited ideas and instead embracing the disenfranchised, the outsider, the new.
Author City: LAS VEGAS, NV USA
Claudia Keelan is the author of five collections of poetry, most recently MISSING HER (New Issues Press, 2009), and has published poems widely in magazines and journals, including The American Poetry Review, Smartish Pace, Electronic Poetry Review, Conduit, Pequod, American Letters & Commentary, and Jacket magazine. She has published poems and essays in anthologies including The Grand Permission: New Writings on Poetics and Motherhood, (Wesleyan University Press, 2003) and American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry (W.W. Norton, 2009). She directs the MFA program at the University of Nevada Las Vegas and serves as the editor of Interim, the university's annual literary review. She lives in Las Vegas with her husband, the poet Donald Revell, and their children.