We are happy to announce that past contributor Grady Chambers from Issue 21 had his manuscript North American Stadiums chosen as the winner of the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, which has been published by Milkweed Editions! He will also be touring and reading in support of the book. Congratulations Grady!
Today we are pleased to feature Grady Chambers as our Authors Talk series contributor. Chambers talks about his poem “Stopping the War” featured in Issue 21, he mentions the focus on his talk is on the “origins of that poem and what it was like to be a teenager in Chicago in the early and middle years of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and the influences of my parents who are long time anti war and social justice activists, on the small actions I took as a teenager to voice my dissent for those wars.” He also expands on the uncertainties he felt during the time of the events mentioned and gives further context to the poem.