Delmarva Today: Writer’s Edition is on the road this month at The Writer’s Center in Chevy Chase, Maryland. Harold Wilson’s guest is poet Holly Karapetkova. Karapetkova’s writings are broad ranging and unveil the deep wounds left by our history of racism, slavery, and environmental destruction. In sad recognition of the 400 year anniversary last month of the introduction of slavery into the colonies with the offloading of 20 to 30 slaves in Jamestown, Virginia, Wilson’s discussion with Karapetkova focuses primarily on her poems on slavery. Following the theme of exile and separation, the program will also include a discussion of a number of her poems on immigration.
Karapetkova’s poetry, prose, and translations have appeared widely in print and online, in places such as Alaska Quarterly Review, The Southern Review, Prairie Schooner, Poetry Northwest, The Nashville Review. Her books include Words We Might One Day Say, winner of the 2010 Washington Writers’ Publishing House Poetry Award, and Towline, winner of the 2016 Vern Rutsala Poetry Contest from Cloudbank Books. In addition to her poetry and translations, Karapetkova has written more than 20 books for children. She teaches in the Department of Literature and Languages at Marymount University.