Paige Lewis at the Ours Poetica Launch
Sep
12
7:00 PM19:00

Paige Lewis at the Ours Poetica Launch

Join the folks at The Poetry Foundation for the launch of Ours Poetica, a new video series that captures the intimate experience of holding a poem in your hands and hearing it read by a distinctive—sometimes unexpected—voice. Reading, screening, and discussion with curator and Sarabande Author Paige Lewis, series producer John Green, and special guest Kaveh Akbar. Lewis is the author of Space Struck; their work has appeared in PoetryAmerican Poetry ReviewPloughshares, and Best New Poets 2017. Green is the author of several novels, including The Fault in Our Stars and Turtles All the Way Down; he cofounded Complexly, an online educational video production company. Akbar is the founder and editor of Divedapper and a 2016 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry fellow; his poems have appeared in Poetry and The New Yorker, among others.

View Event →
Joe Sacksteder at Joseph-Beth Booksellers
Aug
21
7:00 PM19:00

Joe Sacksteder at Joseph-Beth Booksellers

Join the folks at Joseph-Beth Booksellers for an evening with Joe Sacksteder! Readers of his award-winning first book "Make/Shift" will find themselves confronting moments in which status and ceremony are shown to be destabilized, contingent—sorting through the suddenly unfamiliar contents of a time capsule, hanging poolside with parents while their hockey player sons devastate a hotel, and wandering the memory palace of a traumatized valedictorian during a commencement address—all while flash vignettes based on corporate slogans saturate the story collection with greater and greater frequency, like the commercials of a TV movie.

View Event →
Hai-Dang Phan at City Limits Books for The Filling Station Series
Jul
26
6:30 PM18:30

Hai-Dang Phan at City Limits Books for The Filling Station Series

The Filling Station is a free, monthly reading series hosted by Willie James and Matthew Kelsey. It occurs the 4th Friday of each month (with occasional exceptions) from 6:30-7:30 at City Lit Bookstore.

While the series aims to showcase local authors to a diverse and growing neighborhood, it also endeavors to introduce Chicago to the constellation of talent that illuminates the rest of the country. The Filling Station emphasizes poetry, but will also feature fiction and creative non-fiction periodically.

Regardless of whichever genre is shared on a given night, the series will offer proud neighbors and perfect strangers alike the chance to refuel at the end of the week. Everyone is welcome. This month features Erin Adair-Hodges & Sarabande author Hai-Dang Phan.

View Event →
Fiction at Literati: Joe Sacksteder and Matt Kirpatrick
Jul
1
7:00 PM19:00

Fiction at Literati: Joe Sacksteder and Matt Kirpatrick

Literati Bookstore will welcome Sarabande aurthor Joe Sacksteder alongside Matt Kirkpatrick in support of their latest, Make/Shift: Stories and The Ambrose J. and Vivian T. Seagrave Museum of 20th Century American Art, respectively, as part of their ongoing Fiction at Literati series. A book signing will follow the reading. The event is free and open to the public.

View Event →
MAKE/SHIFT BOOK LAUNCH AT KMAC MUSEUM
Jun
8
7:00 PM19:00

MAKE/SHIFT BOOK LAUNCH AT KMAC MUSEUM

Linda Bruckheimer and Sarabande invite you to a book launch
for Make/Shift by Joe Sacksteder

SATURDAY, JUNE 8
7-9PM
KMAC MUSEUM
712 West Main St. Louisville, KY, 40202

Join us as we launch Make/Shift, by Joe Sacksteder, the latest title in the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky LiteratureMake/Shift has been called "marvelously inventive . . . a Rube Goldberg machine of experimental fiction."

Featuring: Book-signing with Make/Shift author Joe Sacksteder, remarks by Linda Bruckheimer, wine and snacks catered by local chefs, Make/Shift-inspired art installation by textile artist Andrea Hansen, and Sarabande 25th Anniversary red-carpet photography station.

Sacksteder make shift.jpg

The stories of Make/Shift land athletes, actors, musicians, and grievers at the center of more dire spectacles than they'd anticipated. Make/Shift is the latest book in the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature, which celebrates works of fiction, essay, and poetry by Kentucky-based authors. The series is curated and published by Sarabande Books.

"Joe Sacksteder's Make/Shift is a marvelously inventive book.” —Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

"[D]ynamic, playful, wildly inventive . . ." —Melanie Rae Thon, author of Silence and Song

catalog sticker 2019.png



View Event →
May
29
7:00 PM19:00

Rosellen Brown to Speak Wood Dale Public Library

Wood Dale Public Library

520 N. Wood Dale Rd

Wood Dale, IL 60191

About the Event: Come to the Wood Dale Public Library to hear Rosellen Brown speak on her newest work, The Lake on Fire. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.  

PRAISE FOR THE LAKE ON FIRE:

"Often praised for her prose, in her long-awaited sixth novel Brown (Half a Heart, 2000, etc.) sings as euphoniously as ever, whether she is writing about the filth and stench of the city, about the magnificence of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, or about love. . . . A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In her first historical novel, an exquisite, suspenseful, and character-driven tale of two cities, poet and deeply inquisitive fiction writer Brown (Before and After, 1992; Half a Heart, 2000) takes measure of the divide between rich and poor during Chicago’s resplendent World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Narrating from Chaya's and Asher’s divergent perspectives, Brown describes with sensuous intensity the lavish lives of the elite and the desperation of the unemployed, the miasmas of sweatshops and the radiant fair, which decays into a mere facade. . . . In an astute and enrapturing variation on Edith Wharton’s foundational Gilded Age novel, The House of Mirth (1905), and, in accord with Dickens, Dreiser, and Doctorow, Brown imaginatively, compassionately, and spellbindingly dramatizes timeless questions of survival and social conscience."

Booklist, starred review

"In Brown’s stellar, evocative novel, Jewish siblings Chaya and Asher Shaderowsky move with their family to America from Ukraine to work on a Wisconsin collective farm. . . .[Brown] transports the reader to Gilded Age Chicago and recreates the Jewish immigrant experience as incisively as Henry Roth in Call It Sleep."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

Brown, Rosellen cr. Sigrid Estrada.jpg
View Event →
May
28
5:30 PM17:30

Nona Caspers to Read for LAMBDA Literary Finalist Awards

San Francisco Public Library

100 Harkin St.

San Francisco, CA 94102

About the Event: Join the San Francisco Library in a reading for all the LAMBDA literary finalists for 2019, including Nona Caspers, Duy Doan, Isaac R Fellman, Bud Gundy, and more. Free and open to the public!

About the Author: Nona Caspers is the author of Heavier Than Air, which was honored with the AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and listed as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her work has been supported with a NEA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Fiction Award, a LAMBDA nomination, and the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Grant and Award, among other honors. Individual stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Epoch, Black Warrior Review and Glimmer Train. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and lives in San Francisco.

PRAISE FOR THE FIFTH WOMAN:

"Caspers’ writing is spare and deceptively straightforward, lending even her realist portraits the soft edges of a dream. . . . Each vignette is short—some are only a page long—but poignant; as if Lydia Davis’ controlled remove had been sifted through the humor and immediacy of Michelle Tea. But it’s the accumulation of grief that matters here, almost as much as the details of domesticity, a quiet but tender declaration of queer love lost in San Francisco." 

Kirkus Reviews

"This gem of a collection is a transcendent portrayal of bereavement, showing how death elevates the mundane and affects everything humans do, see, and think."

 —Publishers Weekly

". . mesmerizing, moving. . ."

—Brandon Yu, The San Francisco Chronicle

"In twenty three connected exquisite moments (or stories) the novel constructs a map of loss, its creative potential, its capacity to tear open the world, trouble boundaries, and dust the daily with wonder. In The Fifth Woman, grief is queer-as-in-odd, as in boundary-blurring, as in otherways loving, as in curious. . . . You need a book, like this one, that reminds you of what your own lost love once told you, that everything can be written about, and because it explores so clearly the stage, the smoke, and the mirrors of this two-bit magic trick of existence: a person is here and then they are gone."

—Carson Beker, Lambda Literary

caspers.jpg
View Event →
May
20
6:00 PM18:00

Sandra Cisneros as Featured Speaker at Yonkers Public Library Foundation Spring Gala

Riverfront Library

One Larkin Center

Yonkers, NY

About the Event: The Foundation for the Yonkers Public Library will feature Sandra Cisneros as its guest speaker for the Spring Gala. All proceeds will go to the foundation and their various patrons, such as their hope to enable a Homework Help program for high school students.

About the Author: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen. 

PRAISE FOR PURO AMOR:

"A short story about love, animals, art, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. . . . A solid short story in a beautiful, thin volume from an author we wish we heard more from."

Kirkus Review

"Her unique writing style and focus on the working class [have] made Cisneros a renowned literary figure."

—Viviana Garcia-Blanc, NPR, “WBEZ Worldview”

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” 
— The Washington Post Book World

"Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . The fluctuating perspective grants readers the simultaneous participation in the familiarity of the Missus’ chores, and the outside criticism of the townspeople—a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love."
The Arkansas International

Cisneros_Keith+Dannemiller.jpg
View Event →
May
7
6:30 PM18:30

Lia Purpura to Give Talk on Collection at Enoch Pratt Library

Enoch Pratt Library

400 Cathedral St.

Baltimore, MD 21201

About the Event: Come out to the Enoch Pratt Library to see Lia Purpura speak on All the Fierce Tethers in the library’s Writers LIVE series. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Lia Purpura is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations. On Looking (essays, Sarabande Books) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, as well as four Pushcart Prizes, the Associated Writing Programs Award in Creative Nonfiction, and others. Her work appears in The New YorkerThe New Republic, OrionThe Paris ReviewThe Georgia ReviewAgni, and elsewhere. She lives in Baltimore, MD. 

PRAISE FOR ALL THE FIERCE TETHERS

"[Lia Purpura] evinces great skill as a prose writer in this volume of meditations on nature and society. . . . Amid the numerous essay collections driven by concern over climate change, Purpura’s stands out for its passionate intensity."

Publishers Weekly

"'Metaphors get compromised. Get eroded and need updating. Rerouting. Reconstituting,' writes Lia Purpura. This is just one of the luminous themes mined in her glittering new essay collection All the Fierce Tethers. In prose that is inventive, with ideas that contract and dilate with fluidity, Purpura considers the mundane and crafts powerful essays that traverse the landscapes that surround us."

Foreword Reviews, starred review

“Reading this collection of essays is like taking a walk through your neighborhood with a wizard or a medieval saint: Lia Purpura can conjure visions from seed pods, a plastic bag, a city sidewalk, transforming what is right in front of you into what is really there, uncommon, untamed.  Under her gaze, the most ordinary things become not just extraordinary, but almost frighteningly radiant.  To watch her free, say, a flowering crape myrtle from ‘tree’ and let it burst into experience is to behold reverence at its most ferocious, precise and delicate.”

—Suzanne Berne, author of The Dogs of Littlefield

“In Lia Purpura’s work, language is a renewable resource that keeps on giving, restoring wonder to a world of wounds. She is a meditative writer and in her, the life of the mind and senses abide in conjugal bliss. What holds us to this troubled life? A beautiful, associative mind attentive to small gestures, wending its way through our age of contradiction, finding solace and reckoning in language. That’s what.” 

—Alison Hawthorne Deming, author of Zoologies: On Animals and the Human Spirit

LiaPurpura_3228_edit.jpg
View Event →
May
5
3:15 PM15:15

Nona Caspers to Give Talk at Bay Area Book Festival with May-lee Chai, Michael David Lukas, moderated by Carolina De Robertis

Brower Center - Tamalpais Room

Bay Area Book Festival

1569 Solano Ave. #635

Berkeley, CA 94707

About the Event: Come to the Bay Area Book Festival to see San Francisco State University MFA Program present “Who’s Got The Power?” with Nona Caspers, May-lee Chai, and Michael David Lukas, moderated by Carolina De Robertis. In this talk, the authors will discuss power in writing, both within their work and within their writing practices. $10 tickets available for purchase on the Bay Book Fest website.

About the Author: Nona Caspers is the author of Heavier Than Air, which was honored with the AWP Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and listed as a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice. Her work has been supported with a NEA Fellowship, an Iowa Review Fiction Award, a LAMBDA nomination, and the Joseph Henry Jackson Literary Grant and Award, among other honors. Individual stories have appeared in The Kenyon Review, Epoch, Black Warrior Review and Glimmer Train. She is a Professor of Creative Writing at San Francisco State University and lives in San Francisco.

PRAISE FOR THE FIFTH WOMAN:

"Caspers’ writing is spare and deceptively straightforward, lending even her realist portraits the soft edges of a dream. . . . Each vignette is short—some are only a page long—but poignant; as if Lydia Davis’ controlled remove had been sifted through the humor and immediacy of Michelle Tea. But it’s the accumulation of grief that matters here, almost as much as the details of domesticity, a quiet but tender declaration of queer love lost in San Francisco." 

Kirkus Reviews

"This gem of a collection is a transcendent portrayal of bereavement, showing how death elevates the mundane and affects everything humans do, see, and think."

Publishers Weekly

". . mesmerizing, moving. . ."

—Brandon Yu, The San Francisco Chronicle

"In twenty three connected exquisite moments (or stories) the novel constructs a map of loss, its creative potential, its capacity to tear open the world, trouble boundaries, and dust the daily with wonder. In The Fifth Woman, grief is queer-as-in-odd, as in boundary-blurring, as in otherways loving, as in curious. . . . You need a book, like this one, that reminds you of what your own lost love once told you, that everything can be written about, and because it explores so clearly the stage, the smoke, and the mirrors of this two-bit magic trick of existence: a person is here and then they are gone."

—Carson Beker, Lambda Literary

“The mundane becomes poetic in Nona Caspers’s novel-in-vignettes, The Fifth Woman. Its atmosphere of grief is established with tight, beautiful prose. . . . There are no wasted words. The text itself is a pleasure.” 

Foreword Review, starred review

caspers.jpg
View Event →
May
5
2:00 PM14:00

Rosellen Brown to Speak on Novel in One Book, Everybody Reads Program

Wilmette Library

1242 Wilmette Avenue

Wilmette, IL 60091

About the Event: Rosellen Brown will be speaking on her novel at the Wilmette Library as part of their 14th annual One Book, Everybody Reads program, a community-wide and book discussion program. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.  

PRAISE FOR THE LAKE ON FIRE:

"Often praised for her prose, in her long-awaited sixth novel Brown (Half a Heart, 2000, etc.) sings as euphoniously as ever, whether she is writing about the filth and stench of the city, about the magnificence of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, or about love. . . . A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In her first historical novel, an exquisite, suspenseful, and character-driven tale of two cities, poet and deeply inquisitive fiction writer Brown (Before and After, 1992; Half a Heart, 2000) takes measure of the divide between rich and poor during Chicago’s resplendent World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Narrating from Chaya's and Asher’s divergent perspectives, Brown describes with sensuous intensity the lavish lives of the elite and the desperation of the unemployed, the miasmas of sweatshops and the radiant fair, which decays into a mere facade. . . . In an astute and enrapturing variation on Edith Wharton’s foundational Gilded Age novel, The House of Mirth (1905), and, in accord with Dickens, Dreiser, and Doctorow, Brown imaginatively, compassionately, and spellbindingly dramatizes timeless questions of survival and social conscience."

Booklist, starred review

"In Brown’s stellar, evocative novel, Jewish siblings Chaya and Asher Shaderowsky move with their family to America from Ukraine to work on a Wisconsin collective farm. . . .[Brown] transports the reader to Gilded Age Chicago and recreates the Jewish immigrant experience as incisively as Henry Roth in Call It Sleep."

Brown, Rosellen cr. Sigrid Estrada.jpg
View Event →
Apr
28
5:00 PM17:00

Hai-Dang Phan and Rachel Z. Arndt to Read at Working Draft Beer Company

Working Draft Beer Company

1129 East Wilson Street

Madison, WI 53703

About the Event: Come out to Working Draft Beer Company to for a reading and book-singing with Hai-Dang Phan and Rachel Z. Arndt. Hosted by 702WI in celebration of Craft Beer Week, the event is free and open to the public. RSVP on the 702WI website.

About the Authors: Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Reenactments is his first book. 

PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS :

"In Phan’s strong, enlightening debut collection, without flinching from pain or turning away from history's critical gaze, he binds his birth country, Vietnam, to his adopted one, the United States. . . . Phan is a poet who should be read widely."

Booklist

"Phan's debut unflinchingly presents the trauma inherited through cultural memory as a kind of endless war reenactment. In these poems, even the most mundane setting is haunted by living ghosts. . . . These poems are unadorned and ominous in their vision of memory, a clarion that never ceases to alarm or awe."

Publishers Weekly

“'To make things worse, they are extremely supportive of my choices' is such a strange and quintessentially immigrant utterance. . . .What to do with the guilt we feel that our lives are often so much easier than the lives of our parents? How can any of our fears, anxieties, lonelinesses be worth mentioning when theirs have been so great? For you (and often, for myself), I prescribe Hai-Dang Phan’s “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981).”

—Kaveh Akbar, The Paris Review

Rachel Z. Arndt’s writing has appeared in Popular MechanicsQuartzThe Believer, and elsewhere. She received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of The Iowa Review. After stints in Rhode Island and New York, she now lives in Chicago, and works as a reporter at Modern Healthcare, covering healthcare technology.

PRAISE FOR BEYOND MEASURE:

“[Beyond Measure] is a delight to read. Arndt prompts readers to examine the 'measurements' imposed on their lives. . . . Her experiences will particularly resonate with female readers, who will identify with her coping mechanisms for dealing with sexist measurements imposed by society, from stereotypes of narcoleptic women as hysterical and attention seeking to false constraints placed on female intelligence and physical strength. Her tone is poignant and undogmatic. . . . Arndt's debut provides close insight into one woman's personal struggles while never becoming overbearing or overly solemn."

Publishers Weekly

“[H]er strongest pieces place her at the center of larger forces that make her (and us) feel abnormal…A keen, close study of the neuroses attached to everyday living."

Kirkus Reviews

"Arndt is a thoughtful, deliberate writer—one might say measured—infusing her prose with wit and flashes of poetic insight. . . . And Beyond Measure is an elegantly structured book, its flow and recurring motifs reminiscent of Leslie Jamison’s The Empathy Exams."

The Masters Review

hai dang phan author photo.jpg
Arndt,Rachel.crMichael E. Smith jpeg.jpg
View Event →
Apr
26
6:30 PM18:30

Peter Mishler to Read at Avid Bookstore

Avid Bookstore

493 Prince Ave.

Athens, GA 30601

About the Event: Join Peter Mishler and Kathy Fagan Grandinetti for the Avid Bookstore’s April edition of their Poetry Series. Both authors will be available for book signing afterward. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Peter Mishler was born in New Jersey and lives in Kansas City. His poems have appeared at The Winter AnthologyOversoundProdigaldiodePreludeConjunctions, and elsewhere. The title poem from this collection was anthologized in Best New Poets. Mishler is the recipient of scholarships and fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference and Syracuse University, and he presently curates a contemporary poetry feature for Literary Hub. This is his first book.

PRAISE FOR FLUDDE:

"Mishler’s deft grasp of image as well as his unique voice keep these poems immediate and engaging."

The Rumpus

"It’s difficult not to grin, smirk, purse your lips, or generally screw up your face when reading Peter Mishler’s poems in his debut book, Fludde. It isn’t just the peculiarity of these pieces but the command with which Mishler executes it, taking readers in something like a swift punt along strange but otherwise unassuming canals." 

—Ryo Yamaguchi, Kenyon Review

"[Mishler] is able to do incredible things with language as he creates beautifully lyrical pieces, set up with a musical tone and rhythm only to break it abruptly. In this way Mishler integrates the harsh cacophony of the real world with the singsong whimsicality of the imagination. . . . Fludde is an experience, raw and honest."

—Blaine Heydt, BookBar

"[Fludde's] music, its vivid, outsized imagery, and its surreal associations are steeped in the Romantics, shaped by the Modernists, and communicated with a language so restrained and earnest it can stop your breath. . . .  Fludde is magical, mysterious, and disturbing."

—Michelle Lewis, Rain Taxi

Mishler photo.png
View Event →
Apr
25
7:00 PM19:00

Ann Townsend to Read at Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center for Ohioana Library Association Book Festival

Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center

777 Evening Street

Columbus, OH 43085

About the Event: Come to the Peggy R. McConnell Arts Center for a Poetry Night featuring the work and discussion of Ann Townsend alongside Ruth Awad and Darren C. Demaree. The event will be moderated by Ohioana Director David Weaver, and is free and open to the public!

About the Author: Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics and The Coronary Garden. She is the editor (with David Baker) of a collection of essays, Radiant Lyre: on Lyric Poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, and many others. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, the Lannan Foundation, and more. She is the co-founder of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. In 2016 she, and co-founders Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu, accepted the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. A Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Ann Townsend hybridizes modern daylilies at Bittersweet Farm. 

PRAISE FOR DEAR DELINQUENT

“‘Dear Delinquent’ was Edna St. Vincent Millay’s address to her lover, and Townsend’s newest collection—by turns erotic and elegiac—continues in Millay’s passionate lyric tradition. Full of the sensual delights, Townsend explores the (sometimes uneasy) ways in which heartache lives alongside pleasure.  A child’s joyful maturation alleviates the tragedy of a lost child, the powerful undertow of sex supersedes the hurt of infidelity. Like the mare who ‘only knows the present tense,’ we rally, ‘testing with [our] teeth’ the flimsy boxes that attempt to hold us.”

—Paisley Rekdal

“Ann Townsend’s latest poetry collection, Dear Delinquent, is such a smart and moving book. The poems have a tender, contrary, emotional and intellectual discipline—silvery and cool in their precise, elegant surfaces, but full of pathos, too, and thrumming with an erotic shiver throughout. In a world of chatty, slack-lined poems, Townsend is able to conjure truths with masterful restraint. This is one of the best books of poetry I’ve read in years.”

—Erin Belieu 

“Elegance. What is it? It’s beauty so sharp it cuts. Thus, the phrasal energy of Ann Townsend’s Dear Delinquent, a book driven by the messiest of human experiences: desire. Making of the heart an infidel, turning illicit lovers into “butterflies self-immolating/on the compost heap.” These are poems of brutal honesty and incredibly fluid linguistic movement: take for example “Doll,” where the lover writes to his wife with the speaker in the room: ‘Nothing happening/here, he says, / smiling. /And Nothing/steps forward, /into his arms.’ The stiletto twists a little in the gut.”

—Dana Levin

View Event →
Apr
16
5:30 PM17:30

Sandra Cisneros to Have Presentation and Book Signing at Heritage University

Yakima Valley Museum

Heritage University

Toppenish, WA 98948

About the Event: Join Sandra Cisneros for her public presentation of her work as well as book signings after at Heritage University. Inklings Bookshop will have copies of her book available during the events. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen. 

PRAISE FOR PURO AMOR:

"A short story about love, animals, art, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. . . . A solid short story in a beautiful, thin volume from an author we wish we heard more from."

Kirkus Review

"Her unique writing style and focus on the working class [have] made Cisneros a renowned literary figure."

—Viviana Garcia-Blanc, NPR, “WBEZ Worldview”

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” 
— The Washington Post Book World

"Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . The fluctuating perspective grants readers the simultaneous participation in the familiarity of the Missus’ chores, and the outside criticism of the townspeople—a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love."
The Arkansas International

Cisneros_Keith+Dannemiller.jpg
10.00
View Event →
Apr
13
1:30 PM13:30

Sandra Cisneros Interview with Esmeralda Bermudez at Los Angeles Festival of Books

LA Times Main Stage

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, CA

About the Event: Enjoy Sandra Cisneros being interviewed by Esmeralda Bermudez, writer for the Los Angeles Times and USC graduate. Free tickets to the event, with a small service fee, can be found on the LA Times website.

About the Author: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen. 

PRAISE FOR PURO AMOR:

"A short story about love, animals, art, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. . . . A solid short story in a beautiful, thin volume from an author we wish we heard more from."

Kirkus Review

"Her unique writing style and focus on the working class [have] made Cisneros a renowned literary figure."

—Viviana Garcia-Blanc, NPR, “WBEZ Worldview”

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” 
— The Washington Post Book World

"Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . The fluctuating perspective grants readers the simultaneous participation in the familiarity of the Missus’ chores, and the outside criticism of the townspeople—a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love."
The Arkansas International

Cisneros_Keith+Dannemiller.jpg
View Event →
Apr
11
6:00 PM18:00

Sandra Cisneros to Read at Baylor University

Paul Powell Chapel

1100 South 3rd Street

Waco, TX 76798

About the Event: Sandra Cisneros will be the guest speaker at Baylor University, an event sponsored by the Department of Journalism, Public Relations and New Media. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen. 

PRAISE FOR PURO AMOR:

"A short story about love, animals, art, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. . . . A solid short story in a beautiful, thin volume from an author we wish we heard more from."

Kirkus Review

"Her unique writing style and focus on the working class [have] made Cisneros a renowned literary figure."

—Viviana Garcia-Blanc, NPR, “WBEZ Worldview”

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” 
— The Washington Post Book World

"Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . The fluctuating perspective grants readers the simultaneous participation in the familiarity of the Missus’ chores, and the outside criticism of the townspeople—a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love."
The Arkansas International

Cisneros_Keith+Dannemiller.jpg
View Event →
Apr
10
11:30 AM11:30

Sandra Cisneros to Read at Wesley-Rankin Community Center

Wednesday, April 10th, 2019

Wesley-Rankin Community Center

3015 at Trinity Groves

3015 Gulden Ln , Dallas, TX 75212

About the Event: Join Sandra Cisneros for the 12th Hattie’s Luncheon celebrating and benefitting the Wesley-Rankin Community Center, where she will be discussing her work. $75 per ticket, found on the Wesley-Rankin website.

About the Author: Sandra Cisneros is a poet, short story writer, novelist, essayist, whose work explores the lives of the working-class. Her numerous awards include NEA fellowships in both poetry and fiction, the Texas Medal of the Arts, a MacArthur Fellowship, several honorary doctorates and book awards nationally and internationally, and most recently Chicago’s Fifth Star Award, the PEN Center USA Literary Award and the National Medal of the Arts, awarded to her by President Obama in 2016. The House on Mango Street has sold over five million copies, been translated into over twenty languages, and is required reading in elementary, high school, and universities across the nation. Founder of awards and foundations that serve writers and a dual citizen of the United States and Mexico, Sandra Cisneros earns her living by her pen. 

PRAISE FOR PURO AMOR:

"A short story about love, animals, art, and Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. . . . A solid short story in a beautiful, thin volume from an author we wish we heard more from."

Kirkus Review

"Her unique writing style and focus on the working class [have] made Cisneros a renowned literary figure."

—Viviana Garcia-Blanc, NPR, “WBEZ Worldview”

“Sandra Cisneros knows both that the heart can be broken and that it can rise and soar like a bird. Whatever story she chooses to tell, we should be listening for a long time to come.” 
— The Washington Post Book World

"Puro Amor explores perspective dually, giving readers both an intimate view of the protagonist’s daily life and the perspective of the townspeople looking in. . . . The fluctuating perspective grants readers the simultaneous participation in the familiarity of the Missus’ chores, and the outside criticism of the townspeople—a juxtaposition that gives room for Cisneros to be both silly and reverent in her exploration of the inherent arduousness of partnership, and ultimately to show that animals do give the purest love."
The Arkansas International

Cisneros_Keith+Dannemiller.jpg
View Event →
Apr
9
7:00 PM19:00

Ann Townsend to Read at Gramercy Books

Tuesday, April 9th, 2019

Gramercy Books

2424 E Main St, Bexley, OH 43209

About the Event: Join Ann Townsend and David Baker for Poetry Night at Gramercy Books Bexley, where they will be reading their most recent work in celebration of National Poetry Month. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics and The Coronary Garden. She is the editor (with David Baker) of a collection of essays, Radiant Lyre: on Lyric Poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, and many others. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, the Lannan Foundation, and more. She is the co-founder of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. In 2016 she, and co-founders Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu, accepted the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. A Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Ann Townsend hybridizes modern daylilies at Bittersweet Farm. 

PRAISE FOR DEAR DELINQUENT:

‘Dear Delinquent’ was Edna St. Vincent Millay’s address to her lover, and Townsend’s newest collection—by turns erotic and elegiac—continues in Millay’s passionate lyric tradition. Full of the sensual delights, Townsend explores the (sometimes uneasy) ways in which heartache lives alongside pleasure.  A child’s joyful maturation alleviates the tragedy of a lost child, the powerful undertow of sex supersedes the hurt of infidelity. Like the mare who ‘only knows the present tense,’ we rally, ‘testing with [our] teeth’ the flimsy boxes that attempt to hold us.”

—Paisley Rekdal

“Ann Townsend’s latest poetry collection, Dear Delinquent, is such a smart and moving book. The poems have a tender, contrary, emotional and intellectual discipline—silvery and cool in their precise, elegant surfaces, but full of pathos, too, and thrumming with an erotic shiver throughout. In a world of chatty, slack-lined poems, Townsend is able to conjure truths with masterful restraint. This is one of the best books of poetry I’ve read in years.”

—Erin Belieu 

“Elegance. What is it? It’s beauty so sharp it cuts. Thus, the phrasal energy of Ann Townsend’s Dear Delinquent, a book driven by the messiest of human experiences: desire. Making of the heart an infidel, turning illicit lovers into “butterflies self-immolating/on the compost heap.” These are poems of brutal honesty and incredibly fluid linguistic movement: take for example “Doll,” where the lover writes to his wife with the speaker in the room: ‘Nothing happening/here, he says, / smiling. /And Nothing/steps forward, /into his arms.’ The stiletto twists a little in the gut.”

—Dana Levin

Townsend cc Martin Steger.JPG
View Event →
Apr
9
6:00 PM18:00

Rosellen Brown to Interview with D. M. Pirrone

The Cliff Dwellers

200 S Michigan Ave.

Chicago, IL 60604

About the Event: Come listen to Rosellen Brown’s interview with fellow Chicago-based author D.M. Pirrone at Cliff Dwellers. Hosted by Society of Midland Authors and Allium Press of Chicago, free and open to the public.

About the Author: Rosellen Brown is the author of the novels Civil Wars, Half a Heart, Tender Mercies, Before and After, and six other books. Her stories have appeared frequently in O. Henry Prize Stories, Best American Short Stories and Best Short Stories of the Century. She now teaches in the MFA in Writing Program at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and lives in Mr. Obama’s neighborhood, overlooking Lake Michigan.  

PRAISE FOR THE LAKE ON FIRE:

"Often praised for her prose, in her long-awaited sixth novel Brown (Half a Heart, 2000, etc.) sings as euphoniously as ever, whether she is writing about the filth and stench of the city, about the magnificence of the Columbian Exposition of 1893, or about love. . . . A transporting drama of class and love, steeped in period feeling, written with beauty and conviction."

Kirkus Reviews, starred review

"In her first historical novel, an exquisite, suspenseful, and character-driven tale of two cities, poet and deeply inquisitive fiction writer Brown (Before and After, 1992; Half a Heart, 2000) takes measure of the divide between rich and poor during Chicago’s resplendent World's Columbian Exposition of 1893. Narrating from Chaya's and Asher’s divergent perspectives, Brown describes with sensuous intensity the lavish lives of the elite and the desperation of the unemployed, the miasmas of sweatshops and the radiant fair, which decays into a mere facade. . . . In an astute and enrapturing variation on Edith Wharton’s foundational Gilded Age novel, The House of Mirth (1905), and, in accord with Dickens, Dreiser, and Doctorow, Brown imaginatively, compassionately, and spellbindingly dramatizes timeless questions of survival and social conscience."

Booklist, starred review

"In Brown’s stellar, evocative novel, Jewish siblings Chaya and Asher Shaderowsky move with their family to America from Ukraine to work on a Wisconsin collective farm. . . .[Brown] transports the reader to Gilded Age Chicago and recreates the Jewish immigrant experience as incisively as Henry Roth in Call It Sleep."

Publishers Weekly, starred review

"I can’t remember yesterday, but when it comes to books that broke the ice around my heart (to paraphrase Kafka), I remember. Knopf editor Carole Baron and I were having lunch, talking books, when Rosellen Brown’s 1992 novel, Before and After, came into the conversation. We had both loved it, and we both wondered if it would hold up. Next thing I know, there’s a hardcover edition in my mailbox. . . . And yes, it does hold up, which is why I was excited by the news that, in October, Sarabande Books is publishing The Lake on Fire, Brown’s first novel in 18 years." 

—Louisa Ermelino, Publishers Weekly, “Open Book: Comeback Novel Spotlights the Haves and Have Nots"

"Rosellen Brown knows things. . . .Rosellen Brown has a great ear, a great eye, a great love of the painful twists and turns that happen in a human life and the big twists and turns of American history. . . . The Lake on Fire is about the making of America, the bones on which it has always been built, and the way the wheels turn (even now) and the way they turned then, moving forward, crushing some, advancing others, and within this epic story, the making of a person, Chaya Shaderowsky, rising and falling, failing and flailing and making her painful, blazingly aware way, in our America."

—Amy Bloom, The New York Times Book Review, “American Girl”

". . .The Lake on Fire is a poetic and moving meditation on the choices we make to achieve the lives we imagine."

Seattle Book Review

Brown, Rosellen cr. Sigrid Estrada.jpg
View Event →
Apr
8
8:00 PM20:00

Ann Townsend to be Special Guest at Denison University's "An Evening of Poetry and Music" with David Baker

Burton D. Morgan Center, Knobel Hall

Denison University

Granville, OH 43023

About the Event: Ann Townsend will be a special guest at Denison University’s Home Series, “An Evening of Poetry and Music” alongside poet David Baker and string quartet ETHEL. Both poets will be celebrating their new work, with a reception and book signing afterwards. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Ann Townsend is the author of Dime Store Erotics and The Coronary Garden. She is the editor (with David Baker) of a collection of essays, Radiant Lyre: on Lyric Poetry. Her work has appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, The Nation, The Kenyon Review, and many others. She has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council, the Lannan Foundation, and more. She is the co-founder of VIDA: Women in the Literary Arts. In 2016 she, and co-founders Cate Marvin and Erin Belieu, accepted the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award. A Professor of English and Creative Writing and Director of the Writing Program at Denison University in Granville, Ohio, Ann Townsend hybridizes modern daylilies at Bittersweet Farm. 

PRAISE FOR DEAR DELINQUENT

“‘Dear Delinquent’ was Edna St. Vincent Millay’s address to her lover, and Townsend’s newest collection—by turns erotic and elegiac—continues in Millay’s passionate lyric tradition. Full of the sensual delights, Townsend explores the (sometimes uneasy) ways in which heartache lives alongside pleasure.  A child’s joyful maturation alleviates the tragedy of a lost child, the powerful undertow of sex supersedes the hurt of infidelity. Like the mare who ‘only knows the present tense,’ we rally, ‘testing with [our] teeth’ the flimsy boxes that attempt to hold us.”

—Paisley Rekdal

“Ann Townsend’s latest poetry collection, Dear Delinquent, is such a smart and moving book. The poems have a tender, contrary, emotional and intellectual discipline—silvery and cool in their precise, elegant surfaces, but full of pathos, too, and thrumming with an erotic shiver throughout. In a world of chatty, slack-lined poems, Townsend is able to conjure truths with masterful restraint. This is one of the best books of poetry I’ve read in years.”

—Erin Belieu 

“Elegance. What is it? It’s beauty so sharp it cuts. Thus, the phrasal energy of Ann Townsend’s Dear Delinquent, a book driven by the messiest of human experiences: desire. Making of the heart an infidel, turning illicit lovers into “butterflies self-immolating/on the compost heap.” These are poems of brutal honesty and incredibly fluid linguistic movement: take for example “Doll,” where the lover writes to his wife with the speaker in the room: ‘Nothing happening/here, he says, / smiling. /And Nothing/steps forward, /into his arms.’ The stiletto twists a little in the gut.”

—Dana Levin



Townsend cc Martin Steger.JPG
View Event →
Apr
6
2:30 PM14:30

Hai-Dang Phan to Read at Mission Creek Festival

Saturday, April 6th, 2019

Prairie Lights

15 S Dubuque St, Iowa City, IA 52240

About the Event: Hai-Dang Phan will be having a debut showcase reading with Mesha Maren at Prairie Lights; free and open to the public.

About the Author: Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Reenactments is his first book. 

PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS:

"In Phan’s strong, enlightening debut collection, without flinching from pain or turning away from history's critical gaze, he binds his birth country, Vietnam, to his adopted one, the United States. . . . Phan is a poet who should be read widely."

Booklist

"Phan's debut unflinchingly presents the trauma inherited through cultural memory as a kind of endless war reenactment. In these poems, even the most mundane setting is haunted by living ghosts. . . . These poems are unadorned and ominous in their vision of memory, a clarion that never ceases to alarm or awe."

Publishers Weekly

“'To make things worse, they are extremely supportive of my choices' is such a strange and quintessentially immigrant utterance. . . .What to do with the guilt we feel that our lives are often so much easier than the lives of our parents? How can any of our fears, anxieties, lonelinesses be worth mentioning when theirs have been so great? For you (and often, for myself), I prescribe Hai-Dang Phan’s “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981).”

—Kaveh Akbar, The Paris Review

hai dang phan author photo.jpg
View Event →
Apr
5
1:00 PM13:00

Amelia Martens to Read at Asbury University with Britton Shurley

Friday, April 5, 2019

Asbury University Reading

About the Author: Amelia Martens is the author of the chapbooks Purgatory (winner of the Spring 2010 Black River Chapbook competition, published by Black Lawrence Press in 2012), Clatter (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2013), and A Series of Faults (Finishing Line Press, 2014). Her poems have appeared in such journals as Cold Mountain Review, The Connecticut Review, and The Madison Review, among others. Martens received an MFA in Creative Writing from Indiana University and lives in Paducah, Kentucky, where she teaches at West Kentucky Community & Technical College. A co-founder of the Rivertown Reading Series, she received an Emerging Artist Grant from the Kentucky Arts Council in 2010.

PRAISE FOR THE SPOONS IN THE GRASS ARE THERE TO DIG A MOAT:

"Whether she is proffering chilling indications of an apocalypse, agonizing over an earnest apology, or conjuring the latent melancholy of bedtime, [Martens] remains both playful and precise, at once whimsical and commanding.... As tangible as it is surreal."
Booklist

“Martens’s stripped-down language is her greatest asset, finding expression in ‘an ache shaped like a sunflower’. . . the personal touches soar, evidence of a solid poet finding her voice.”
Publishers Weekly

"Amelia Martens’ richly imaginative first book. . .will likely be one of this year’s best debuts. . . .Grim assessments, juxtaposed with domestic studies that celebrate the whimsy and innocence of young daughters, render The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat a dizzying little book that yearns for escapism even as it insists on documenting our self-destruction. . . .Wondrous imagination, political astuteness, and refreshingly original voice."
Plume Poetry

"You’ll never read a more playful book of doomsday poems than Amelia Martens’s The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat. Martens’s dark humor is delightfully paired with her astute observations of quiet pleasures. Her poems are grand with sweeping cosmic battles and frequent mentions of death and the end times, while also intricately small."
South 85

"A Powerful and original collection."
—Maurice Manning

"Wise, joyous, keen, tender. . . . She shows us the divine in the most unexpected places."
—Catherine Bowman

"Heartbreaking and hilarious. . . . Martens is a magician and her magic is potent." 
—Richard Cecil

"Amelia Martens is one of a kind, a true original, a rare star."
—Nin Andrews

Amelia Martens Author Photo.jpg
View Event →
Apr
4
7:00 PM19:00

Hai-Dang Phan to Read with Shame-e-Ali Nayeem, Jenifer Sang Eun Park, and Lawrence Lacambra Ypil at Asian American Writers' Workshop

Asian American Writers' Workshop

112 W. 27th St, STE 600

New York, New York 10001

About the Event: Hai-Dang Phan will be reading his work in “Memory Vessels,” an event put on by the Asian American Writers’ Workshop to hear authors read their work that calls to mind memory itself from objects alone. Free and open to the public, with a $5 suggested donation. Seats can be reserved at the AAWP website.

About the Author: Hai-Dang Phan was born in Vietnam in 1980 and grew up in Wisconsin. His work has appeared in The New Yorker, Poetry, Best American Poetry 2016, and the chapbook, Small Wars. He is the recipient of an NEA Literature Fellowship, the Frederick Bock Prize from Poetry, and the New England Review Award for Emerging Writers. He currently teaches at Grinnell College and lives in Iowa City, Iowa. Reenactments is his first book. 

PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS

"In Phan’s strong, enlightening debut collection, without flinching from pain or turning away from history's critical gaze, he binds his birth country, Vietnam, to his adopted one, the United States. . . . Phan is a poet who should be read widely."

Booklist

"Phan's debut unflinchingly presents the trauma inherited through cultural memory as a kind of endless war reenactment. In these poems, even the most mundane setting is haunted by living ghosts. . . . These poems are unadorned and ominous in their vision of memory, a clarion that never ceases to alarm or awe."

Publishers Weekly

“'To make things worse, they are extremely supportive of my choices' is such a strange and quintessentially immigrant utterance. . . .What to do with the guilt we feel that our lives are often so much easier than the lives of our parents? How can any of our fears, anxieties, lonelinesses be worth mentioning when theirs have been so great? For you (and often, for myself), I prescribe Hai-Dang Phan’s “My Father’s ‘Norton Introduction to Literature,’ Third Edition (1981).”

—Kaveh Akbar, The Paris Review

"Phan’s mixture of original and translated work creates a unique debut that is both singular and anthological."

—Nick Ripatrazone, The Millions

hai dang phan author photo.jpg
View Event →
Apr
4
12:00 PM12:00

Pamela Hart to Read at Bernard's Inn

Thursday, April 4th, 2019

Bernard's Inn

20 West Lane

Ridgefield, CT

About the Event: Join Pamela Hart at Bernard’s Inn restaurant where she will be selling copies of Mothers Over Nangarhar. Proceeds go to the Johnny Mac Soldiers Fund, a scholarship program awarding veterans and military family members since 2014.

About the Author: Pamela Hart is writer in residence at the Katonah Museum of Art where she teaches and manages an arts-in-education program called Thinking Through the Arts. She was awarded an NEA poetry fellowship in 2013. She recently received the Brian Turner Literary Arts prize for poetry. Her poems have been published in a variety of journals including the Southern Humanities Review, Bellevue Literary Review and Drunken Boat. Toadlily Press published her chapbook, The End of the Body. She is poetry editor and mentor for the Afghan Women’s Writing Project.

PRAISE FOR MOTHERS OVER NANGARHAR:

"Rich with literary, political, and geographical references, Hart’s debut collection details the journey of a mother whose son is serving in Afghanistan. . . . Hart’s drive to keep looking and listening while 'the long war goes on' reads like a fundamental act of compassion."

Publishers Weekly

"In her debut poetry collection, Hart brings a new, salient voice to our home front in times of war. . . . An artist by training, Hart creates word images that allow us to contemplate private and public pain. Certain lines stand out in these glowing poems: 'Like the Spartan women, we polish / our sons in the concrete firmament.' Or: 'My syntax breaks to lake ice / Who am I to translate the exodus of birds.' . . . [F]inely crafted poems."

Booklist

"Reading this extraordinary book gives you a vision of the home front view of war. It is loved and highly recommended."

—“An Interview with Pamela Hart” by Amir Shefayee, Medium

hart.jpg
View Event →