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Jessica Piazza is the author of two full-length poetry collections from Red Hen Press: Interrobang–winner of the AROHO 2011 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize and the 2013 Balcones Poetry Prize — and Obliterations (with Heather Aimee O’Neill, forthcoming), as well as the chapbook This is not a sky (Black Lawrence Press.) She holds a Ph.D. in English Literature and Creative Writing from the University of Southern California, is a co-founder of Bat City Review and Gold Line Press, and teaches for the Writing Program at USC and the online MFA program at the University of Arkansas at Monticello. In 2015 she started the “Poetry Has Value” project, hoping to spark conversations about poetry and worth. Learn more at www.jessicapiazza.com or www.poetryhasvalue.com.

Favorite poets: Edna St. Vincent Millay!  Edwin Arlington Robinson. Jill Alexander Essbaum! Rebecca Lindenberg, Cody Todd, Sara Eliza Johnson! Alice Fulton, for sure. Timothy Donnelly and Hailey Leithauser. And obviously Richard Siken.

From “This is not a sky” (Black Lawrence Press). Originally published in Connotation Press.

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