Poet Sophie Cabot Black's latest work is The Exchange: Poems.
In The Exchange, Sophie Cabot Black entwines the transactions of Wall Street with more earthly moments of “exchange”—life trading with death, the checks and balances of friendship, even the payment of the Biblical lamb. Throughout, in some of the collection’s most emotional meditations, Cabot Black pays tribute to the illness and death of one of her dearest friends, the poet Jason Shinder. The Exchange is a poignant, graceful, and often surprising collection from one of our most important poetic voices.
Sophie Cabot Black was raised on a small farm in New England. She received her B.A. from Marlboro College and her M.F.A from Columbia University. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including the Atlantic, Fence, the New Yorker, Bomb, the Paris Review, Poetry and the New Republic. Her work has also appeared in various anthologies, among them Best American Poetry, ed: Louise Gluck, Doggerel and Fatherhood, both poetry anthologies from the Everyman’s Library Series.
Her first poetry collection, The Misunderstanding of Nature, received the Norma Farber Book Award from the Poetry Society of America; her second, The Descent, received the 2005 Connecticut Book Award and was subsequently chosen as a hot pick on MSNBC’s program Topic A With Tina Brown. She has been awarded several fellowships, including at the Fine Arts Work Center, Macdowell Colony, and the Radcliffe Institute. She currently teaches at Columbia University.
Michelle Laflamme-Childs is a poet, radio personality, and arts administrator currently living in Santa Fe, NM. She holds a BA from University of Massachusetts at Amherst, an MA from St. John’s College, and is working on an MFA in Creative Writing from University of Texas at El Paso. She has poems in a selected number of print and online journals, and has published one chapbook, Love and Lovers. Michelle is currently working on a book length manuscript entitled Some of 613.
Michelle’s poems are usually short blips of thoughts and images designed to stop the reader for a moment in a world that careens by at an unrelenting pace. Often personal, although not confessional, they play with language and image in such a way as to be specific to a point in time, while large enough to hold the reader’s own perspectives and experiences.