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Wednesday, February 10, 2021

Excerpt: Selected Poems: 2000-2020, by JC Mehta

We now have copies of our 2020 Birdy Poetry Prize-winning books available in the Meadowlark Bookstore (and wherever you buy books)! Enjoy these poems from the book.

You are invited to our virtual reading event with JC and other Birdy authors on March 13, 2021, 6:00 pm. The winner of the 2021 Birdy Poetry Prize will be announced at this event.

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“This Selected group of poems illuminates some harsh realities regarding identity. There are poems that smack a consciousness sideways. The poems have a real grit to them. For the reader, each poem will be an eye-opening experience.”

      -Poet/Professor Stanley E. Banks, Blue Beat Syncopation (Bookmark Press) 

“With sharp and incisive language, each piece provides an immersive moment, inviting the reader into the experience of growing up half Cherokee, of self-harm and losing friends, of teaching and aging and loving and living in the Pacific Northwest. Nothing is veiled, nothing is alluded to, and their humor is ever-present, wry and witty. Any writer who begins a poem with My psychologist says (don’t you love when poets start like this?) has levels of self-awareness and genre savvy that speak to years of dedication to identity and craft.”

      -Brenna Crotty, Editor, Selected Poems

JC Mehta is an interdisciplinary artist, poet, author of several books, and citizen of the Cherokee Nation. Much of their work is informed by space, place, and ancestry. Mehta has served as the Editor in Chief of Crab Creek Review and has been awarded a number of art and research fellowships, including a First Peoples Fund fellowship and Eccles Centre Visiting fellowship at the British Library. Poetry-in-residency posts have taken Mehta to Crazy Horse Memorial, the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust in Britain, and Halcyon Arts Lab in Washington DC. Book awards include gold at the IPPY Awards, Book Excellence Awards, and Reader Views Literary Awards.

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