The English Department Reading Series 2023/2024


The English Department Reading Series will feature poets Edgar Kunz and Taylor
Johnson for the 2023/2024 series. Both events are free and will feature books for sale
with a signing and refreshments to follow.

Edgar Kunz
Wednesday November 1
AOK Library Gallery

Taylor Johnson
Wednesday March 6
AOK Library Gallery

Edgar Kunz is the author of two poetry collections: Fixer (Ecco, 2023), a New York Times Editors Choice book, and Tap Out (Ecco, 2019), “a gritty insightful debut” (Washington Post). He has been a National Endowment for the Arts Fellow, a MacDowell Fellow, and a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University. Kunz’s poems have recently appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, Poetry, APR, and Oxford American.
Taylor Johnson is the author of Inheritance (Alice James Books, 2020), winner of the 2021 Norma Farber First Book Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work appears in Poetry Magazine, The Paris Review, The Baffler, Scalawag, and elsewhere. Johnson is a Cave Canem graduate fellow and a recipient of the 2017 Larry Neal Writers’ Award from the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities, and the 2021 Judith A. Markowitz Award for Emerging Writers from Lambda Literary. Taylor was the inaugural 2022 Poet-in-Residence at the Guggenheim Museum. He is the Poet Laureate of Takoma Park, Maryland.