Keetje Kuipers’ Beautiful in the Mouth
Beautiful in the Mouth, Keetje Kuipers’ debut collection of poems published in 2010 by BOA Editions , rounds out Late Night Library’s summer season of podcasts. Thomas Lux, who selected Beautiful in the Mouth as winner of the A. Poulin, Jr., Poetry Prize, praises Kuipers as a young poet “making [her] voice heard not by tearing up the old language but by making the old language new.”
Guest co-hosts Cai Emmons and Dorianne Laux read several favorite poems from Kuipers’ book, concentrating on the poet’s contrasting sense of place as well as her deft use of language and haunting imagery.
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About Keetje Kuipers:
Keetje Kuipers is a native of the Northwest. She earned her B.A. at Swarthmore College and her M.F.A. at the University of Oregon, and was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University from 2009-2011. Keetje was most recently the Emerging Writer Lecturer at Gettysburg College, and is now an Assistant Professor at Auburn University.
Her book Beautiful in the Mouth was awarded the 2009 A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize and was published in 2010 by BOA Editions. Her second collection, The Keys to the Jail, is forthcoming from BOA in 2014. She has been the recipient of fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, Squaw Valley Community of Writers, and Oregon Literary Arts. Her poems have appeared in the American Poetry Review,Prairie Schooner, West Branch, Painted Bride Quarterly, Willow Springs, andAGNI, among others, and have been nominated seven years in a row for the Pushcart Prize.
She lives in Auburn, AL and Missoula, MT with her family and her dog, Bishop (named after Elizabeth, of course).
About our co-hosts:
Cai Emmons is the author of the novels His Mother’s Son, winner of the Ken Kesey Award for the Novel;The Stylist; and recently-completed Spuyten Duyvil. Essays, stories, and reviews have appeared in publications such as Arts and Letters, Narrative Magazine, The New York Post, Portland Monthly, and The Oregon Quarterly. Beginning her writing career as a dramatist, Emmons served as a playwright-in-residence at the Albee Foundation’s “Barn” and her plays were produced at The American Place Theater, Playwrights’ Horizons, and Theatre Genesis. She has written ten optioned feature screenplays, teleplays for CBS, and two independent films, A Man Around the House and “Higher Aspirations” (which she also directed). Emmons currently lives in Eugene, Oregon.
Dorianne Laux ’s most recent collections are The Book of Men and Facts about the Moon, both from W.W. Norton. A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and winner of the Paterson Poetry Prize, the Oregon Book Award, and The Roanoke-Chowan Award for Poetry, Laux is also author of Awake, What We Carry, and Smoke from BOA Editions. She currently teaches poetry in the MFA Program at North Carolina State University and is founding faculty at Pacific University’s Low Residency MFA Program.