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‘Intimacies, Received’: Taneum Bambrick’s ‘Vantage’ point—on privilege, intimacy, and survival

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Taneum Bambrick is the author of ‘Vantage’ (2019, APR/Copper Canyon Press) and ‘Intimacies, Received’ (2022, Copper Canyon Press).

This week on The Write Question, host Lauren Korn and poet Taneum Bambrick talk about Vantage and Intimacies, Received (Copper Canyon Press), Bambrick’s two collections—about confronting privilege as a writer and speaker and nurturing intimacy within and beyond her poetry. This conversation was produced in partnership with Spokane Public Radio and the 2022 Get Lit! Festival.

About Taneum:

Taneum Bambrick is the author of Intimacies, Received (Copper Canyon Press, Sept 2022) and Vantage, which was selected by Sharon Olds for the 2019 American Poetry Review/Honickman first book award (APR 2019). Her poems and essays appear or are forthcoming in The Nation, The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, PEN, and elsewhere. She has received a fellowship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, and scholarships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ and Environmental Writers’ Conferences. A 2020 Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she is a Dornsife Fellow in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Southern California, and Co-Book Reviews Editor for Pleiades Magazine.

Taneum Bambrick recommends:

Body Work: The Radical Power of Personal Narrative by Melissa Febos (Catapult Books)

The work of Dorothy Chan

Thrown in the Throat by Benjamin Garcia (Milkweed Editions); you can

Upend by Claire Meuschke (Noemi Press)

Lauren Korn recommends:

Vantage and Intimacies, Received by Taneum Bambrick (Copper Canyon Press)

Borderline Fortune by Teresa K. Miller (Penguin Poets, Penguin Random House)

Twice Alive by Forrest Gander (New Directions)

Almost Beauty by Sue Sinclair (Goose Lane Editions)

sulphurtongue by Rebecca Salazar (McClelland & Steward, Penguin Random House Canada)

The Knowing Animals by Emily Skov-Nielsen (Brick Books)

Half-Life of Empathy by Rebecca A. Durham (New Rivers Press)

The Earth’s Story is Also Our Story, Part One: Grief and Reverence in Poetic Ecologies,” a 2020 Montana Book Festival conversation with Taneum Bambrick and others

The team for this episode of The Write Question included Lauren Korn, host and co-producer; Chris Moyles, co-producer and editor; and Madeline Broom, sound engineer.

The Write Question logo and brand (2022) was designed by Molly Russell. You can see more of her work at iamthemollruss.com and on Instagram @iamthemollruss. Our music was written and recorded by John Floridis.

Funding for The Write Question comes from Humanities Montana; members of Montana Public Radio; and from the Greater Montana Foundation—encouraging communication on issues, trends, and values of importance to Montanans.

The Write Question is a production of Montana Public Radio.

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Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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