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January Gill O’Neil

January Gill O’Neil is an associate professor at Salem State University and the author of Rewilding, Misery Islands, and Underlife, all published by CavanKerry Press. The former executive director of the Massachusetts Poetry Festival, she currently serves on AWP’s board of directors. Her poem “At the Rededication of the Emmett Till Memorial” was a co-winner of the 2022 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award. The recipient of fellowships from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Cave Canem, and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, O’Neil was also the 2019–20 John and Renée Grisham Writer-in-Residence at the University of Mississippi. Her latest collection is Glitter Road. “My poems brought me to Oxford, Mississippi, a.k.a. the Velvet Ditch: / a place you can fall into, get comfortable among confederate rebels,” she in this bold new collection.

illustration of Mississippi rivers