Behold, our Director of Poetry!

If you've attended Unbound before, you probably recognize this guy. Gabriel Fried is a core member of the Unbound team. He is on our programming committee, and every year he brilliantly curates our roster of poets. He also has a habit of doing irritatingly eloquent and smart introductions which make the rest of us (well, OK, me) feel rather inadequate. But we love him anyway.

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Gabe is also an accomplished and renowned poet. He is the author of The Children Are Reading (Four Way Books, 2017), and Making the New Lamb Take (Sarabande, 2007), winner of the Kathryn A. Morton Prize, and named a top poetry collection of 2007 by Foreword Reviews and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch. He is also the editor of an anthology, Heart of the Order: Baseball Poems and longtime poetry editor at Persea Books. He teaches in the creative writing program at the University of Missouri. We're thrilled that this year he'll be reading from his own work, in addition to performing his other Unbound duties.