Mandy Kahn

Mandy Kahn is the author of two poetry collections, Glenn Gould’s Chair and Math, Heaven, Time, both from London-based publisher Eyewear. Her poetry is included in The Best American Poetry 2018 from Scribner/Simon & Schuster and was featured in former Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s newspaper column American Life in Poetry. She frequently collaborates with composers to create new works that combine verse and classical music and is one of the creators of Yuval Sharon’s immersive opera Hopscotch: as a librettist, Kahn wrote the text for fifty minutes of the show. Kahn’s written a great deal of libretto for Pulitzer Prize-winning composer Ellen Reid and her recent commissions include an audience participation poem for the orchestra wild Up. She’s given readings at Cambridge University, London Review Bookshop and Shoreditch House in England, at Motto in Berlin, at Colette in Paris, at Printed Matter in New York, at Davies Symphony Hall in San Francisco, and at many venues in Southern California, including the Craft and Folk Art Museum, Skylight Books and Art Center College of Design. Kahn has been interviewed by BBC Radio, Flaunt and The Los Angeles Review of Books, among many others, and is the recipient of the 2018 Shakespeare Prize in Poetry. She lives in Los Angeles, where she was also born and raised.