Megan Harlan’s Mapmaking
This episode features Megan Harlan’s debut poetry collection, Mapmaking, published by BkMk Press in 2010. Megan’s debut was the winner of the 2009 John Ciardi Prize for Poetry. Bethany Carlson at Indiana Review called Megan’s poetry boundless and timeless. “The words and the corresponding worlds they create are organic and shape-shifting; they enact a transparency that manages to catch the light and dazzle, while simultaneously possessing the quality of flight…”
For Mapmaking, we focus our discussion around four poems: “Multiverse,” “Monumental,” “Inhabited,” and Caravansary,” and look at Harlan’s overall project in the context of other poets working with similar themes and poetic techniques, namely Elizabeth Bishop and Deborah Digges.
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About Megan Harlan:
Megan Harlan writes fiction, poetry, and freelance journalism. Her short stories have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Cimarron Review, Meridian, Painted Bride Quarterly, and Sycamore Review. Poems from Mapmaking have been featured on PBS NewsHour’s Poetry Series, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily, and in journals that include TriQuarterly, Prairie Schooner, AGNI Online, American Poetry Review, and Arts & Letters. She has contributed nonfiction pieces to The New York Times, San Francisco Chronicle, ELLE, Salon, Time Out New York, Publishers Weekly, and Entertainment Weekly. She holds a master’s degree in Creative Writing from New York University and a B.A. in English from Tufts University. Megan was born in Vermont, grew up in Saudi Arabia, Colombia, London, Houston, Alaska, and the San Francisco Bay Area, and lived for many years in lower Manhattan. She lives with her husband and young son in Berkeley, California.