Upper School English teacher Mario Chard and his debut poetry book were recently featured on Poets & Writers Magazine's list of the most notable books of poetry published this year.
The 14th annual list highlights 10 books from newly-published poets. The publication states the poets "all seem to seek the freedom to write without expectation, to eradicate feelings of obligation, and to proceed with a sense of possibility."
The magazine chose Mario's Land of Fire as one of its featured publications. According to Mario, the book includes poems about "migration, war, parenthood, and childhood. But without authority beyond attention or observation, I wrote through personal implication."
Poets & Writers Magazine is produced by Poets & Writers, the nation’s largest nonprofit organization serving writers. The group, founded in 1970, fosters the professional development of poets and writers, promotes communication throughout the literary community, and helps create an environment in which literature can be appreciated by the widest possible public.
Listen to Mario reading one of his poems below: