Inside the Writer’s Head: Poetry, Music and Haiku with Jennifer Hambrick

Written by Manuel Iris, Writer-in-Residence, Cincinnati & Hamilton County Public Library

Our 2023 Writer-in-Residence, Manuel Iris, is a poet, essayist, and teacher. Attend his upcoming workshops and writers' office hours. And, listen to him as host of CHPL's "Inside the Writer's Head" podcast.

Poet Jennifer Hambrick joins Manuel Iris on a new episode of "Inside the Writer's Head" ahead of the arrival of the largest and oldest gathering of haiku poets outside Japan to Cincinnati. The biennial conference Haiku North America is organized in part by Hambrick as program chair. Listen in as they discuss the lyrical power of haiku, Hambrick's musical lens of poetry, and information about Haiku North America. 

About This Week’s Guest: Jennifer Hambrick

A poet hailed for her “brilliant” imagery, “masterful” craftsmanship, and “uniquely musical voice,” Jennifer Hambrick is a six-time Pushcart Prize nominee and the author of the collections "In the High Weeds," winner of the 2020 Stevens Award; Joyride (Red Moon Press), winner of the Marianne Bluger Book Award; and Unscathed (NightBallet Press).

Winner of the 2020 Sheila-Na-Gig Poetry Prize, the 2018 Haibun Award Competition of the Haiku Society of America, and the 2021 Martin Lucas Haiku Award, Hambrick has also received awards from Tokyo’s NHK World TV, Haiku Poets of Northern California, the Ohio Poetry Association, and many others.



I Thought I Heard A Cardinal Sing

In the High Weeds

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