Emily Gropp Carlson’s manuscript, I Have a Teacher, won the 2016 Center for Book Arts Letterpress Chapbook Competition judged by Mary Ruefle and Sharon Dolin. Mary Ruefle wrote about Emily’s work, “This intense, remarkable, searing sequence takes, in seventeen steps, a journey to that place where the ancient reciprocity between the living and the dead (all but forgotten in a world of end-stopped sentences) is fully realized by a fragile mourner.Along the way, she becomes a poet of steel and pure spirit.” Emily’s chapbook of poems recounting her travels to Lebanon during the Beruit invasion, Symphony No. 2, was published by Argos Books last fall. Emily, her husband Sten, and son Jules, welcomed baby Ravi Iris to the world in March.