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2019 Common Reader

Work & Days
by Tess Taylor

Tess Taylor’s poems challenge readers to reflect on work, on the comfort and purpose it offers in an uncertain and disorienting world. Taylor’s cycle of agricultural poems builds upon the classical model of Virgil’s Georgics, confronting topics recognizable to contemporary readers: climate change, war, and personal sorrow. Despite grappling with these difficult topics, Work & Days remains hopeful.

Regents' Common Reader Awards

The Regents' Common Reader Awards provide an opportunity for individual chapters to organize and host a local event or activity based on Work & Days. Chapter members do not need to attend the convention to apply. Contact your Regent and you may receive $100 for your event or activity. View application guidelines.

Common Reader Convention Awards

Awards of up to $600 will be given at the international convention for critical essays or other genres of work that deal with the common reader. To be eligible, students indicate on the convention submission form that their work is in the common reader category (presentation type).