Voice In Response to the World

Marriott Conference Center Auditorium

Saturday, 11:15-12:00

Mario Chard and Heather June Gibbons read from their new poetry collections. The poems in Chard's Land of Fire explore tangible and intangible borderlands haunted by history and stories--both ancient and new. Heather June Gibbons' Her Mouth as Souvenir investigates an anxious world full of beauty and awe. Listen to these new voices as they share their unique ways of responding to the worlds they inhabit and work to make sense of.


Mario Chard


Mario Chard was born in northern Utah, the son of an Argentine immigrant mother and an American father. Recent poems have appeared in the The New Yorker, Boston Review, Beloit Poetry Journal, FIELD, and Image. Winner of the “Discovery” / Boston Review Poetry Prize and a former Wallace Stegner Fellow in Poetry at Stanford University, he currently teaches in Atlanta, Georgia, where he lives with his wife and sons.

Heather June Gibbons


Heather June Gibbons is the author of the poetry collection, Her Mouth as Souvenir, selected by Jericho Brown as the winner of the 2017 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize. She is also the author of two chapbooks, Sore Songs and Flyover, and her poems have appeared in journals such as Blackbird, Boston Review, Drunken Boat, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, jubilat, New American Writing, and West Branch. A graduate of the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, she has received awards from the Fine Arts Work Center and the Vermont Studio Center. She lives in San Francisco, where she teaches creative writing at San Francisco State University and in the community.


Jericho Brown

Jericho Brown is the recipient of the Whiting Writers Award and fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Foundation. the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and the National Endowment for the Arts. His first book, Please (New Issues, 2008), won the American Book Award, and his second book, The New Testament (Copper Canyon, 2014), was named one of the best poetry books of the year by Library Journal. His poems have also appeared in The Nation, The New Republic, The New Yorker, and The Best American Poetry. Brown earned a PhD from the University of Houston, an MFA from the University of New Orleans, and a BA from Dillard University. He is an associate professor in the creative writing program at Emory University.