Book Release Reading and Celebration for Christopher Buckley and Janine Certo Longleaf Press presents a reading with Christopher Buckey and Janine Certo.

Christopher Buckley’s recent books—in addition to ONE SKY TO THE NEXT—are AGNOSTIC, Lynx House Press;  The Pre-Eternity of the World, Stephen F. Austin State Univ. Press, & The Consolations of Science & Philosophy, Lynx House Press. 
Among over a dozen critical collections and anthologies he has edited: On the Poetry of Philip Levine: Stranger to Nothing, 1991; A Condition of the Spirit: The life & Work of Larry Levis (with Alexander Long) 2004; Bear Flag Republic: Prose Poems & Poetics from California, (with Gary Young) 2008; and Messenger to the Stars: A Luis Omar Salinas New Selected Poems & Reader, (with Jon Veinberg), 2014.  The most recent are: The Long Embrace: Contemporary Poets on the Long Poems of Philip Levine, Lynx House Press, 2020; and NAMING THE LOST: THE FRESNO POETS—Interviews & Essays, Stephen F. Austin State Univ. Press, 2021.
Buckley’s work was selected for Best American Poetry 2021.  He was a Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry for 2007-2008, and has been awarded a Fulbright Award in Creative Writing to the former Yugoslavia, four Pushcart Prizes, two awards from the Poetry Society of America, and NEA grants in poetry for 2001 and 1984.  He received the Vern Rutsala Poetry Prize from Cloudbank books for The Far Republics in 2017; The Lascaux Prize for Back Room at the Philosophers’ Club in 2015; and the Tampa Review Prize for Poetry from the Univ. of Tampa Press for Rolling the Bones in 2009.
Over the last 40 years his poetry has appeared in APR, POETRY, FIELD, The Georgia Review, The Iowa Review, TriQuarterly, The Kenyon Review, The Sewanee Review, Ploughshares, The New Yorker, The Nation, Northwest Review, The North American Review, The Hudson Review, The Gettysburg Review, Plume, Prairie SchoonerThe Southern ReviewFive PointsNew Letters, The Threepenny Review, The Harvard Review, & Birmingham Poetry Review

Janine Certo is the author of three full-length poetry collections: O Body of Bliss, winner of the Longleaf Press Book Contest in Poetry (2023), Elixir, winner of both the New American Poetry Prize and the Lauria/Frasca Poetry Prize (New American Press and Bordighera Press, 2021), and In the Corner of the Livingrunner-up for the Main Street Rag Poetry Book Award (2017). She is also the author of a poetry chapbook, Home Altar, winner of the Keystone Chapbook Prize (forthcoming, Seven Kitchens Press). A winner of Nimrod International Journal’s Pablo Neruda Prize for Poetry, her poems appear or are forthcoming in The Cincinnati Review, The Greensboro Review, Poetry NorthwestShenandoah, and others. She is an associate professor at Michigan State University.
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Poetry Reading with Crystal Simone Smith and Joellen CraftLongleaf Press presents a reading with Crystal Simone Smith and Joellen Craft.

Crystal Simone Smith is author of the poetry chapbooks, Down to Earth, Longleaf Press (2021); Running Music, Longleaf Press (2014); and Routes Home, Finishing Line Press (2013). She is also author of Wildflowers: Haiku, Senryu, and Haibun (2016). Her work has appeared in numberous journals, including Callaloo, Nimrod, Barrow Street, Obsidian II: Literature in the African Diaspora, African American Review, and Mobius: The Journal of Social Change. She is an alumna of the Callaloo Creative Writing Workshop and the Yale Summer Writers Conference. She holds an MFA from Queens University of Charlotte and lives in Durham, NC, where she teaches English Composition and Creative Writing. She is the Managing Editor of Backbone Press.

Joellen Craft is a one-time Durhamite who now lives in Salisbury, Maryland. Her poems have recently appeared in The Fourth River, The Penn Review, Radar Poetry, and The Collagist, who nominated her poems for a Pushcart Prize. Her chapbook, The Quarry, won L + S Press’s 2020 Mid-Atlantic Chapbook Prize. She teaches English at Wor-Wic Community College.
7 PMSo & So Books
719 Person St.
Raleigh, NC 27604