On the 12/14/22 edition of Dr. Andy’s Poetry and Technology Hour:
Davis poet Beth Suter tells us about her journal submission process and her new book Snake and Eggs. She shares two poems from the book exploring nature and the gift of family history. Colorado poet and editor Andrew Hemmert talks geographical poetry in a deteriorating world, then shares two poems from his new book Blessing the Exoskeleton, an effort to elegize certain vulnerable cities before their climatological destruction. Finally, we hear a short essay from Dr. Andy’s weekly blog, this edition spotlighting a special Dr. Andy skill – speed poetry.
Beth Suter grew up in rural Missouri close to grandparents who survived the Great Depression by gathering wild food. She learned that the forest was both a place to look for beauty and a place to look for lunch. She has had a deep connection with nature ever since and considers herself an ecopoet. She started writing poems as an undergraduate studying Environmental Science at U.C. Davis, and continued writing during her years as a naturalist and teacher.
She started publishing poetry in 2013, and has since appeared in over forty publications including Colorado Review, New American Writing, Barrow Street, DMQ Review, and Birmingham Poetry Review. She won first place in the Nature Category at the 2013 Ina Coolbrith Poetry Contest and was chosen as a finalist in the Pat Schneider Poetry Contest in 2015. A 2016 Napa Valley Writers’ Conference alumna, she has been twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize and once nominated for a Best of the Net Prize in 2020. She participates widely in workshops and readings in Davis and at the Sacramento Poetry Center. Her 2022 book from Finishing Line Press is titled Snake and Eggs.
Andrew Hemmert is the author of Blessing the Exoskeleton (Pitt Poetry Series) and Sawgrass Sky (Texas Review Press). His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in various magazines including The Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, The Kenyon Review, Prairie Schooner, and The Southern Review. He won the 2018 River Styx International Poetry Contest. He previously served as an assistant editor for Fifth Wednesday Journal, and currently serves as a poetry editor for Driftwood Press. He earned his MFA from Southern Illinois University Carbondale, and currently serves as a poetry editor for Driftwood Press.
Beth Suter will read at the Poetry Night Reading Series (with an introduction and short holiday story from Dr. Andy Jones) at 7 PM on Thursday, December 15th, 2022, at the John Natsoulas Gallery, 521 1st Street in Davis.
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