The College of the Florida Keys Poetics: A Visiting Poets Series kicks off this year with two readings with Q&A sessions that are free and open to the public as well as a kickoff event and a workshop for CFK creative writing students to develop ideas and gain insight into learning the craft. This year CFK will host esteemed poets B.H. Fairchild and Chelsea Rathburn at the College’s Tennessee Williams Fine Arts Center.

CFK Poetics is made possible through the support of the Florida Humanities Council. The goal of this series is to connect the Florida Keys community and CFK students with poets whose work illustrates the critical intersections and changing landscapes and examines the social, psychological, and environmental changes that working-class residents in a tourist destination can identify with and by which they can be inspired.


CFK Poetics Kick-Off

Wednesday, September 18th at 6:00 pm
CFK Library

Join us to kick off our visiting poets series with open mic poetry and refreshments.

Poetry Reading with B.H. Fairchild

Poet B.H. Fairchild

Thurs. Sept. 19 at 6:00 p.m.
Tennessee Williams Theatre

About B.H. Fairchild:

B.H. Fairchild is the author of seven collections of poetry, including The Arrival of the Future (Swallow’s Tale Press, 1985); Local Knowledge (W.W. Norton, 2005; The Art of the Lathe (Alice James Books, 1998), which was a finalist for the National Book Award and also received the Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award, the William Carlos Williams Award, the PEN West Poetry Award, and the California Book Award; Early Occult Memory Systems of the Lower Midwest (W.W. Norton, 2003), which received the National Book Critics Circle Award and the Bobbitt National Prize for Poetry from the Library of Congress; Usher (W.W. Norton, 2009); and The Blue Buick: New and Selected Poems (W.W. Norton, 2014), which was one of two books of poetry chosen for the ALA 2015 Notable Books List and was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. He has been awarded Guggenheim, NEA, and Rockefeller (Bellagio) fellowships. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, Paris Review, Hudson Review, Southern Review, Poetry, Yale Review, The Sewanee Review, and many other journals and anthologies. He is also the author of Such Holy Song (Kent State University Press, 1980), a scholarly study of William Blake. In 2005, Fairchild was honored with the Aiken Taylor Award in Modern American Poetry from The Sewanee Review, and in 2014, with the John William Corrington Award for Literary Excellence from Centenary College, for the body of his work. He has received three Pushcart Prizes in both poetry and the essay and has appeared twice in The Best American Poetry.

Poetry Reading with Chelsea Rathburn

Poet Chelsea RathburnWednesday, October 9th 2019 at 6:00 p.m.
Tennessee Williams Theatre

About Chelsea Rathburn:

Chelsea Rathburn is the poet laureate of Georgia and author of three books of poetry, including the New York Times New & Noteworthy collection Still Life with Mother and Knife, published in 2019 by Louisiana State University Press. Her poems and essays have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, the Atlantic, Creative Nonfiction, and many other journals. A fifth-generation native of Miami, she currently lives in Macon, Georgia, with her husband, the poet James Davis May, and their daughter. She is an assistant professor of English and creative writing at Mercer University.



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Funding for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this program do not necessarily represent those of the Florida Humanities Council or the National Endowment for the Humanities.