Truck Darling, Adam DeGraff, and José Olivarez
Truck Darling studied at Cambridge and Oxford Universities before receiving his MFA from Naropa University. His first publication during graduate school was A Valentine to Frank O’Hara published by Erudite Fangs in conjunction with Smokeproof Press in 1999. Since then he has published four books: The Heart’s Filthy Lesson with drawings by Jo Jackson (Angry Dog Press, 2000); The Pill Book (XY Press, 2002), Blue Collar Holiday with Larry Rivers (Hanging Loose Press 2005), and Hold Tight: The Truck Darling Poems (Hanging Loose Press, 2010). His work has also been published in German translation, Ich Habe Angst um Meinem Hedgefonds (luxbooks, 2002). In 2004 and 2011, Darling’s work was included in The Best American Poetry (Scribner) and the Free Radicals anthology by Subpress.
Adam DeGraff has published several chapbooks and has a new book of selected poems on Subpress called Wherewithal, edited by Anselm Berrigan. Along with Tyler Burba, Adam hosts the reading series at the SculptureCenter in LIC called Kith & Kin. He lives in Sunnyside Queens with his wife and two daughters.
José Olivarez is the co-author of the poetry collection Home Court. He is a graduate of Harvard University and the Program Director at Urban Word NYC. A winner of the 2016 Poets House Emerging Poet Fellowship and a 2015 Bronx Recognizes Its Own award from the Bronx Council on the Arts, his work has been published in The BreakBeat Poets, Vinyl Poetry, Specter Magazine, and Union Station Magazine, among other places. His work has also been featured on Yahoo’s Ball Don’t Lie basketball blog, Chicago Public Radio, and on Mass Poetry’s PoeTry on the T program. He is from Calumet City, Illinois, and he lives in the Bronx. You can purchase Home Court at homecourtpoems.tumblr.com & follow him on social media at @jayohessee.