Jonah Mixon-Webster (Author)
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DescriptionA radical, urgent collection of poems about Blackness, the self, and the dismantling of corrupt powers in the fight for freedom. A PEN America Literary Award Winner
Jonah Mixon-Webster works at the intersections of space and the body, race and region, sexuality and class. Stereo(TYPE), his debut collection of poetry, is a reckoning and a force, a revision of our most sacred mythologies, and a work of documentary reporting from Mixon-Webster's hometown of Flint, Michigan, where clean tap water remains an uncertainty and the aftermath of racist policies persist. Challenging stereotypes through scenes that scatter with satire, violence, and the extreme vagaries of everyday life, Mixon-Webster invents visual/sonic forms, conceptualizes poems as transcripts and frequently asked questions, and dives into dreamscapes and modern tragedies, deconstructing the very foundations America is built on. Interrogating language and the ways we wield it as both sword and shield, Stereo(TYPE) is a one-of-a-kind, rapturous collection of vital and beautiful poems.
Knopf Publishing Group
July 13, 2021
6.9 X 8.8 X 0.7 inches | 0.45 pounds
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About the Author
JONAH MIXON-WEBSTER is a poet and conceptual/sound artist from Flint, Michigan. Stereo(TYPE) is his debut collection of poems. It was originally published by Ahsahta Press in 2018 and won the Sawtooth Poetry Prize, the PEN/Joyce Osterweil Award for Poetry, and was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Award for Gay Poetry. He graduated from Eastern Michigan University and received a Ph.D. in creative writing from Illinois State University. He is the recipient of the Windham Campbell Prize for Poetry, and fellowships from the Vermont Studio Center, the Center for African American Poetry and Poetics, the Conversation Literary Festival, and the PEN Writing for Justice Program. His work has appeared in The Yale Review, Callaloo, Harper's Magazine, and Best American Experimental Writing 2018.