Fresh Words from America: Exploring the Hottest Contemporary American Poetry

Fresh Words from America: Exploring the Hottest Contemporary American Poetry

Discover the freshest talent from across the Atlantic with celebrated poet, educator and anthologist Peter Kahn.

Have you heard of Kara Jackson, Natalie Richardson, Kyle Dargan or Kevin Prufer? Probably not, but you should! 18-year-old Kara Jackson and 22-year-old Natalie Richardson have yet to publish a first collection, but they are making waves. Kara recently earned the Literary Award at Louder Than a Bomb (Chicago) finals, selected by Patricia Smith. Kara was a semi-finalist in Nimrod’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry and finished second place in the Frontier Poetry Award for New Poets, judged by Pulitzer Prize winner, Tyehimba Jess. While in high school, Natalie Richardson won the Poetry Society of America high school prize and met Michelle and Barack Obama as Young Poet Laureate of the Midwest. She was recently accepted into Northwestern University’s joint MFA/MA program; was published in Arts & Letters and Poetry Magazine; and won a $5000 poetry prize. While previously published university professors, Kyle Dargan and Kevin Prufer have somewhat flown under the radar. Forthcoming collections will certainly put them in the spotlight.

In this generative workshop, we will read/discuss hot-off-the-press work from all four American poets; pen “quick-writes” for first drafts of at least two new pieces; and, time permitting, share the results of these in-class writing sessions.

This class is a half-day workshop running 2 – 4.30pm on Saturday 7 July and will take place in our new premises at 1 Dock Offices, Surrey Quays Road, Canada Water, SE16 2XU. The venue is 2-minute walk from Canada Water Station. Take the Lower Road exit from the station onto Surrey Quays Road, cross over Deal Porters Way, and the Dock Offices are on the left. If you need specific travel advice please visit

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About Peter Kahn View Profile

Peter Kahn is a founding member of Malika’s Kitchen and co-founder of the London Teenage Poetry Slam. He has been a high school teacher at Oak Park/River Forest High School in Chicago since 1994 and was a Featured Speaker at the National Council of Teachers of English annual convention. As a Visiting Fellow at Goldsmiths, University of London, he founded the Spoken Word Education Training Programme. His poems have been published internationally in various journals, has twice been a commended poet in the Poetry Society’s National Poetry Competition, and was a finalist in the Fugue Poetry Contest and Atlanta Review International Poetry Competition, among others. Peter holds an MA in English Education from The Ohio State University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Fairfield University. Along with Patricia Smith and Ravi Shankar, Peter co-edited The Golden Shovel Anthology:  New Poems Honoring Gwendolyn Brooks.

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