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Alta Asks Live: Tess Taylor

It's been a busy Spring for Tess Taylor. The poet joins Heather Scott Partington to discuss her two books, Rift Zone and Last West: Roadsongs for Dorothea Lange

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Tess Taylor is the author of the chapbook The Misremembered World, selected by Eavan Boland for the Poetry Society of America’s inaugural chapbook fellowship, The Forage House, which was a finalist for the Believer poetry prize, and Work & Days, which was named one of the best books of poetry of 2016 by The New York Times. Ilya Kaminsky recently hailed her as “the poet for our moment.”  In spring 2020 she will publish two books of poems: Last West, part of Dorothea Lange: Words & Pictures exhibition at the MoMA, and Rift Zone, from Red Hen Press. She is a poetry reviewer for NPR’s All Things Considered.

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About the moderator: Heather Scott Partington is a writer, teacher, and book critic. She is the winner of an emerging critic fellowship from the National Book Critics Circle and the critic in residence for UC Riverside’s Palm Desert MFA program. Her writing has appeared in the New York Times Book Review, Washington Post, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and Los Angeles Review of Booksamong other publications. She lives in Elk Grove, California, with her husband and two kids.