Poetic memoir debut

Join Antidote Books as we host an at-home literary event featuring a double memoir debut and conversation with poets Meredith Clark and Arisa White.

Arisa White is a Cave Canem fellow and an assistant professor of creative writing at Colby College. She is the author of four books, including the poetry collection You’re the Most Beautiful Thing That Happened, and coauthor of Biddy Mason Speaks Up, winner of the Maine Literary Book Award for Young People’s Literature and the Nautilus Book Award Gold Medal for Middle-Grade Nonfiction. She serves on the board of directors for Foglifter and Nomadic Press. Her debut memoir, Who's Your Daddy (Augury Books, 2021) is a lyrical, genre-bending coming-of-age tale featuring a queer, Black, Guyanese American woman who, while seeking to define her own place in the world, negotiates a difficult relationship with her father. Find her at arisawhite.com.

Meredith Clark is a poet and writer whose work has received Black Warrior Review's nonfiction prize and the Sonora Review nonfiction prize. Her lyrical memoir, Lyrebird (Platypus Press, 2020) delves into light, memory, and the crushing absence of things not yet known. A story of loss, told in fragments, it is the documentation of a miscarriage and the chronicle of the dissolution of a relationship—a moving discovery on how it is possible to approach a thing with tenderness and still watch it break. Her writing has appeared or is forthcoming in PhoebeGigantic SequinsDenver Quarterly, Poetry Northwest, and elsewhere. She lives in Seattle, and is currently at work on a second book.