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English Faculty Member’s Poem Featured on PBS NewsHour

January 18, 2016 -- “The Jennifer Century,” a poem by CNM English faculty member Erin Adair-Hodges, was recently featured on PBS NewsHour’s weekly poetry website.
English Faculty Member’s Poem Featured on PBS NewsHour

Jan 18, 2017

The poem speaks to the current cultural and political moment by using the common American name Jennifer to question concepts of American Exceptionalism in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Click here to view the poem on the PBS Newshour site. 

The past couple of years have led Adair-Hodges into new poetry adventures where her work is becoming nationally recognized. Last month she was named the winner of the 2016 Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Her book, “Let’s All Die Happy,” will be published next fall by the prize’s sponsor, the University of Pittsburgh Press.

In 2014, she won the annual Loraine Williams Poetry Prize from the “Georgia Review,” the literary magazine of the University of Georgia. She is also a 2016 Bread Loaf-Rona Jaffee Foundation Scholar in Poetry.

“PBS NewsHour” selects one poem a week to feature on the show. The poets include a mix of writers, ranging from emerging poets to those well established. Adair-Hodges says she is somewhere in between. Her selection follows a featured poem by Daniel Borzutsky, who recently received the National Book Award for his poetry collection, “The Performance of Being Human.”