At our inaugural festival we were thrilled to present all three of Missouri's Poets Laureate, and continuing this tradition, we're excited to announce that the present incumbent, Aliki Barnstone, will be appearing at Unbound this April. You won't want to miss her.
Aliki Barnstone is a poet, translator, critic, editor, and visual artist. She is the author of eight books of poetry, most recently: Dwelling (Sheep Meadow, 2016), Bright Body (White Pine, 2011), and Dear God Dear, Dr. Heartbreak: New and Selected Poems (Sheep Meadow, 2009). She translated of The Collected Poems of C.P. Cavafy: A New Translation (W.W. Norton, 2006). Her first book of poems, The Real Tin Flower (Crowell-Collier, 1968), was published when she was 12 years old, with a forward by Anne Sexton. In 2014, Carnegie-Mellon University Press reissued her book, Madly in Love, as a Carnegie-Mellon Classic Contemporary. Her poems have appeared in such journals as New Letters, Los Angeles Times, Prairie Schooner, Rattle, Southern Review, Smartish Pace, Virginia Quarterly Review, and elsewhere. Among her awards are a Senior Fulbright Fellowship in Greece, the Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, a Pennsylvania Council on the Arts Literature Fellowship in Poetry, and a residency at the Anderson Center at Tower View. She is Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Missouri and serves as poet laureate of Missouri.