Joshua Mehigan: First VERIFIED POET of 2013!

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Here at RG we love our Verified Artists program, which lets lyricists explain their own work on the site. Poets and spoken-word artists have participated in it since we first launched, but this week, via the Poetry Brain project, we’re pumped to present our first specially featured Verified Poet: Joshua Mehigan. Josh went all-out with his explanations of his poem “Sad Stories”: pics, video, Michael Jackson anecdotes, the works.

Josh is a crazy talented writer whose poems have appeared everywhere from The New Yorker and Poetry magazine to The New York Times. He’s the author of two books: The Optimist (Ohio UP, 2004), which was a finalist for the 2005 Los Angeles Times Book Prize, and Accepting the Disaster, which is due out from Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2014. He’s a teaching fellow at Brooklyn College and the recipient of a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts.

Josh may be the first Verified Poet we’re featuring, but he won’t be the last. We’re also inviting any and all creative writers (poets, novelists, essayists…) to claim verified accounts and add/annotate their work on the site. If we come across a poem, story, or essay that blows us away, we’ll recommend it to our readers. Even critics can get Verified: we’d love Langston Hughes experts to explain Hughes, David Foster Wallace experts to explain Wallace (or maybe the Hughesians can tackle DFW and the DFW folks can add a million footnotes to Hughes?)…

It’s going to be a great year.