Poetry. Jewish Studies. LGBTQIA Studies. Women's Studies. "Lisa Hiton's AFTERFEAST grapples with big stuff—painful history, gorgeous and fraught geographies, elusive sexual identity—in an authentic, dauntless voice that lends to these large subjects a gripping intimacy. To read these poems is to stand among haunted ruins on 'the hot slab of history,' to witness different kinds of survival, how disappeared and durable spaces endure alike in time, and in a mind. I envy readers their first entry into the ripe world of this book. A stunningly mature debut—symphonic and bracing and profound."—Maggie Dietz
Lisa Hiton's first book of poems, AFTERFEAST, has been selected by Mary Jo Bang to win the Dorset Prize and is forthcoming from Tupelo Press (October 2021). She holds an MFA in Poetry from Boston University and an MEd in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Common, Lambda Literary, The Paris-American, Denver Quarterly, Hayden's Ferry Review, and New South among others. She has received the AWP Kurt Brown Prize, the Esther B Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center, and multiple nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Lisa is the author of the chapbook Variation on Testimony, the senior poetry editor of The Adroit Journal, and a founder and co- director of Queer Poem-a-Day at the Deerfield Public Library.