May 4th 2021

Please help us celebrate the new poetry collection The Naomi Letters  by Rachel Mennies. For this virtual event, she will be joined by poets Cortney Lamar Charleston and Emily Jungmin Yoon. Sign up via the Women & Children First Crowdcast channel!

Rachel Mennies is the author of The Naomi Letters (BOA Editions, 2021) and The Glad Hand of God Points Backwards (Texas Tech University Press, 2014), winner of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry and finalist for a National Jewish Book Award. Her poems and essays have been published at The BelieverAmerican Poetry ReviewKenyon Review, Poetry Foundation, and elsewhere. She serves as the book reviews editor for AGNI and the series editor, since 2016, of the Walt McDonald First-Book Prize in Poetry at Texas Tech University Press. Originally from the Philadelphia area, Mennies currently lives in Chicago, where she works as a writer, editor, and adjunct professor. Learn more about Rachel Mennies at

Cortney Lamar Charleston is the author of Telepathologies, selected by D.A. Powell for the 2016 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize, and Doppelgangbanger (Haymarket Books, 2021). He was awarded a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship from the Poetry Foundation and he has also received fellowships from Cave Canem and the New Jersey State Council on the Arts. Winner of a Pushcart Prize, his poems have appeared in POETRY, The American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Granta, The Nation and elsewhere. He serves as a poetry editor at The Rumpus and on the editorial board at Alice James Books.

Emily Jungmin Yoon is the author of the poetry collection A Cruelty Special to Our Species (Ecco-HarperCollins 2018), finalist for the 2020 Kate Tufts Discovery Award, and winner of the 2019 Devil’s Kitchen Reading Award. She has also published Ordinary Misfortunes (Tupelo 2017), winner of the Sunken Garden Chapbook Award, and edited and translated Against Healing: Nine Korean Poets (Tilted Axis Press 2019). She is currently a PhD candidate in Korean literature at the University of Chicago and the poetry editor for The Margins.

Please note: due to Crowdcast limitations, closed captioning will be available via Women & Children First’s Youtube channel following the event. A recording of the event will also be available on the store’s Crowdcast page.

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