Selected Poems: 2000-2020, by JC Mehta

Meadowlark- February 2021
ISBN: 978-1-7342477-5-6

Winner of The Birdy Poetry Prize—2020

by Meadowlark Books

created to celebrate the voices of our era

 

“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 fellow-ship 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.

Visit JC Mehta at This Cherokee Rose


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