Poetry at The Dalí is an ongoing series hosted by St. Petersburg Poet Laureate, Helen Pruitt Wallace. Each event features Wallace joined by selected poets.
About the Poets
Ashley M. Jones is Poet Laureate of the state of Alabama (2022-2026). She holds an MFA in Poetry from Florida International University, and she is the author of Magic City Gospel (Hub City Press 2017), dark / / thing (Pleiades Press 2019), and REPARATIONS NOW! (Hub City Press 2021). Her poetry has earned several awards, including the Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers Award, the Silver Medal in the Independent Publishers Book Awards, the Lena-Miles Wever Todd Prize for Poetry, a Literature Fellowship from the Alabama State Council on the Arts, the Lucille Clifton Poetry Prize, and the Lucille Clifton Legacy Award. She was a finalist for the Ruth Lily Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship in 2020. Her poems and essays appear in or are forthcoming at CNN, POETRY, The Oxford American, Origins Journal, The Quarry by Split This Rock, Obsidian, and many others. She teaches Creative Writing at the Alabama School of Fine Arts and in the Low Residency MFA at Converse College. Jones co-directs PEN Birmingham, and she is the founding director of the Magic City Poetry Festival. She recently served as a guest editor for Poetry Magazine.
Derek Pollard is the editor of Till One Day the Sun Shall Shine More Brightly: The Poetry and Prose of Donald Revell (University of Michigan Press), author of the poetry collection On the Verge of Something Bright and Good (Barrow Street Press), and co-author with Derek Henderson of the poetry collection Inconsequentia (BlazeVOX Books). He currently serves as Series Editor for the Poets on Poetry Series, founded by Donald Hall and published by the University of Michigan Press. You can learn more at his website: constellarcreative.com/ .
As Executive Director of The Dalí Museum, Hank Hine leads the preeminent and most visited art museum in the Southeast. During his tenure, The Dalí has created exhibitions and classroom opportunities for the education and delight of a local, national, and global audience. Exhibitions made in partnership with other international museums have raised the profile of Dalí’s art and contextualized his role in the modern era, bringing increased understanding of Dalí, Surrealism and the power of art to enhance the human condition. As Founder and Co-Director of The Dalí Museum Innovation Labs, Hine has fused the science of creative problem solving with the transformational experience of visual art to expand individual and corporate capabilities in diverse pursuits. He has extensive experience with contemporary artists and writers and the intersection of media in the current cultural milieu. Dr. Hine’s publications include text and image relationships and intellectual history.
Hunt Hawkins is Professor Emeritus at the University of South Florida. Winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize, he published a book of poems, The Domestic Life, with the University of Pittsburgh Press. His poems have appeared in Poetry, The Southern Review, The Georgia Review, Tri-Quarterly, Poet Lore, and many other journals.
Silvia Curbelo was born in Matanzas, Cuba, and emigrated to the U.S. with her family as a child. She is the author of two full-length poetry collections, Falling Landscape and The Secret History of Water, both available from Anhinga Press, and two chapbooks. Awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the Cintas Foundation and the Writer’s Voice, as well as the Jessica Noble Maxwell Memorial Poetry Prize from American Poetry Review. Her poems have been published widely in literary journals and more than three-dozen anthologies, including Poems, Poets, Poetry (Bedford/St. Martin) and The Norton Anthology of Latino Literature (W.W. Norton). Silvia was editor for Organica: A Magazine of Arts and Activism for more than 20 years. She lives in Tampa, Florida.