Santa Fe poets Levering and Reed read new poetry from recently published works.
Donald Levering was born in Kansas City and grew up there and in Oceanside, New York. He has worked as a teacher on the Diné reservation, groundskeeper, and human services administrator. His MFA in creative writing is from Bowling Green Ohio State University. In addition to winning a NEA Fellowship, Levering won the Quest for Peace Prize in rhetoric and was featured in the Academy of American Poets Forum and the Duende Reading Series. More recent honors include the 2014 Literal Latté Award, the 2017 Tor House Foundation Robinson Jeffers Prize, and the 2018 Carve Contest Winner. His 6th full-length poetry book, The Water Leveling with Us, placed second in the 2015 National Federation of Press Women Creative Verse Book Competition and his 7th book, Coltrane’s God, was Runner-Up for the 2016 New England Book Festival Contest in poetry.
His poems have appeared in such journals as Bloomsbury Review, Columbia, Commonweal, Comstock Review, Hiram Poetry Review, Hollins Critic, Hunger Mountain, Notre Dame Review, Poet & Critic, Poet Lore, Quiddity, Southern Poetry Review, Stand, and Yemassee.
He has volunteered with Earthwatch and Enkosini as a species preservation activist and currently volunteers as a US citizenship tutor with Santa Fe Literacy Volunteers. Father of a son and daughter, he is married to the artist Jane Shoenfeld and lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico
Stella Reed is the co-author of We Are Meant to Carry Water, 2019, 3: A Taos Press along with Tina Carlson and Katherine DiBella Seluja. She is the 2018 winner of the Tusculum Review chapbook contest for Origami, judged by Emilia Phillips. Stella teaches poetry to women in domestic violence and homeless shelters through WingSpan Poetry Project in Santa Fe, NM. You can find her work in The Bellingham Review, American Journal of Poetry, Tahoma Literary Review, and anthologized in They Said, Black Lawrence Press, 2018.