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Young Poets Society

Twin Cities Young Poets
Illustrations by Randall Nelson

They’re here. They’re sensitive. They have a way with words. And they’re getting recognized for it. A guide to who’s who on the local scene—the country’s hotbed of hot young poets.

 

Matt Rasmussen

Matt Rasmussen

National Book Award Contender

The Book
Rasmussen, who hails from International Falls, confronts his brother’s suicide in Black Aperture.

Why He’s Hot
Black Aperture, Rasmussen’s very first collection of poems, won the 2012 Walt Whitman Award and was shortlisted for a National Book Award. His poems, like the one about the girl on the Land O’Lakes butter box, are accessible and heartbreaking.

Jen March

Jen March

Poetry in Motion

The Poetry Film
Yeah, it’s a thing. And hers is called SWIM. You can watch it on co-kisser.com.

Why She’s Hot
She launched the international Co-Kisser Poetry-Film Festival, which has had a successful three-year run at MCAD. Now she’s poetry editor for Arab American arts journal Mizna.


Bao Phi

Bao Phi

Slam Champ, Performer, Activist

The Book
Sông I Sing is the performance poet’s first book.

Why He’s Hot
This state’s former slam poetry champion has performed on HBO and on stages across the country. One of his poems appeared in the 2006 Best American Poetry anthology, too.

Gretchen Marquette



Gretchen Marquette

In company with Jack Kerouac

The Book
Her first book is forthcoming from local publisher Graywolf Press.

Why She’s Hot
Her poem “Ode to a Man in Dress Clothes” was featured in the Paris Review (which published early works by Kerouac, among others) and Harper’s.


Joe Horton

Joe Horton

A most literate emcee

The Album
Definition Sickness came out late last year on Strange Famous Records.

Why He’s Hot
Horton and his three-piece band No Bird Sing are successfully merging low-fi hip-hop with literary poetic smarts. The band, which recently toured with Dessa, is nationally recognized as a genre bender with songs that include literate references to things like Basquiat and Cool Hand Luke.

Amy McCann

Amy McCann

Backed by a Poetry Powerhouse

The Book
Yes Thorn (forthcoming from Tupelo Press) explores what connects people to each other and their beliefs.

Why She’s Hot
It’s a big deal to win Tupelo Press’s First Book/Second Book prize, which means a book launch for a budding poet. McCann won for using language in “new and exciting ways.”


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