Karisma Price


Karisma Price is an assistant professor of English at Tulane University. Her work has appeared in publications including Poetry, Indiana Review, Oxford American, Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day Series, and elsewhere. She is a Cave Canem Fellow, was awarded the 2020 J. Howard and Barbara M. J. Wood Prize from the Poetry Foundation, and was awarded the 2023 Stanley Kunitz Memorial Prize from The American Poetry Review. She holds an MFA in poetry from New York University.




2:00 pm to 3:00 pm
State Library, Fifth Floor, Capitol View Room
The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets, Part 2
with Jack B. Bedell, Randy Gonzales, Biljana Obradović, Karisma Price, Dave Smith, and Louisiana Poet Laureate Alison Pelegrin

3:15 pm to 4:00 pm
Cavalier House Books Tent
Book Signing


I'm Always So Serious: Poems 

The New York Times Book Review, "Editors' Choice"
The New York Times Book Review, "9 New Books We Recommend This Week"
The New York Times Book Review, "From Newcomers and Veterans, Four New Poetry Books Worth Your Time"
Library Journal, "Black History Month: 10 Books To Add to the Collection and Share with Readers"
Library Journal, "Celebrate National Poetry Month"
Featured on "The Slowdown Show" with Major Jackson
Ms. Magazine, "The Best Poetry of the Last Year"
Southern Review of Books, "The Best Southern Books of February 2023”

Karisma Price’s stunning debut collection is an extended meditation on Blackness, on family, on loss. Anchored in New Orleans and New York City, these poems braid personal and public histories into a cultural reckoning of past and present. James Booker speaks to Ringo Starr, a phone “Autocorrects ‘Nigga’ to Night’,” If Beale Street Could Talk is recast with characters from The Odyssey. In these pages there is grief, there is absence, there is violence—“We know that mostly everything around us / is measured in blood.”—but there is also immense love and truth. Karisma Price has created a serious masterpiece, a book “so dark you have no other option but to call it / precious.”


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