PULITZER PRIZE-WINNING POET: Pardlo’s last book of poems, Digest, won the 2015 Pulitzer Prize, and he has become a widely loved presence in the literary world. He lectures, teaches, and reads across the United States, judges several major literary prizes, and is a full-time faculty member at the MFA program at Rutgers-Camden. The paperback will also be published in time for poetry month in April.
ACCLAIM: Greg’s narrative debut expands on themes from his poetry and will be instantly recognizable to reviewers. The hardcover has won praise from The New York Times Book Review, The New York Times, The Washington Post, Time Magazine, Vogue, Vulture, Tracy K. Smith, Nick Flynn, Melissa Febos, Leslie Jamison, and more. Greg and the book were featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, Brian Lehrer, Here and Now, and elsewhere.
BOOKSELLER LOVE AND EVENTS: Pardlo is beloved by the book and literary community. He is traveling on a robust bicoastal tour for his hardcover launch visiting the 92nd Street Y, Powell’s Books, Politics and Prose, Free Library of Pennsylvania, Brazos, at the Franklin Park Reading Series and more. The buyer at Politics and Prose has gotten behind the book, calling it an “impressive overview of a life…by turns analytical, angry, ironic, raw, and emotional with images that jolt reflection and meditation to something closer to lived and felt experience.”
One of “17 Refreshing Books to Read This Summer” —The New York Times
“A masterwork, blending personal and family history with a historicized critique on blackness and masculinity…. Manages to do what only great memoirs of this scale can: to tell a story about himself that is also about America, one that feels true.” —Vogue, “Best Books of Spring”
“The winner of the 2015 Pulitzer Prize for poetry, Gregory Pardlo also writes damn good prose….We often talk about Great American Novels, but Air Traffic is an excellent contender in the Great American Memoir category, an honest and touching look at what it’s like to grow up black and male in this country.” —Vulture, “Best Books of Spring”
“Magnificent and deeply affecting.” —The Washington Post
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