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

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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

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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."

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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



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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

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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

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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

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Apr
2
4:00 PM16:00

Joe Sacksteder to Read at Brilliant Books in Traverse City, Michigan

Tuesday, April 2, 2019

Brilliant Books

118 E Front Street

Traverse City MI 49684

About the Event: Joe Sacksteder will be signing pre-ordered copies in addition to the reading taking place at Brilliant Books. Free and open to the public.

About the Author: Joe Sacksteder is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah. Fugitive Traces, his album of Werner Herzog audio collages, is available from Punctum Books. His writing has appeared in Denver QuarterlyFlorida ReviewThe Literary ReviewPassages NorthHobartThe Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is currently a visiting instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan. 

PRAISE FOR MAKE/SHIFT:

“Joe Sacksteder's Make/Shift is a marvelously inventive book, formally restless, endlessly playful even at its bleakest, a Rube Goldberg machine of experimental fiction artfully hammered together out of high school traumas, late capitalist ephemera, and insider jokes about Werner Herzog. This is a book of feints and swerves and surprises, a debut collection that takes real risks and delivers real rewards.” 

—Matt Bell, author of Scrapper

“Subversive, provocative, and piercingly poignant, the disparate fictions of Make/Shift deliver the reader to the mysteries of inchoate grief, the hilarity of subliminal messaging, the ecstasies of transgression, and the magical possibilities of a parallel universe. The speakers gathered in this dynamic, playful, wildly inventive collection expose the dangerous absurdities of contemporary experience tenderly juxtaposed with the timeless, potent passions of human suffering.”

—Melanie Rae Thon, author of Silence and Song 

“Make/Shift is an experience—uncanny, revelatory, transcendent. To read it is akin to walking along a path through new territory, in the dark, with a flashlight. However, it’s just as satisfying as it is mystifying, just as full of dislocation as it is of the firmest grounding. The collection will resonate as deeply with traditionalists—thrills, surprises, atmosphere, suspense, voice, plot, and subversion of ploT—as it will those desperate for the newest forms, wildest visions, and the riskiest and most successful experimentations. Make/Shift arrives just in time to frighten, to change, and to save us.”

—Laura Kasischke, author of Space, In Chains

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Mar
28
7:00 PM19:00

Sarabande Silver Anniversary Celebration!

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CELEBRATE 25 YEARS OF SARABANDE BOOKS AT AWP!

We’re having an anniversary party on Thursday March 28th, party the night away with us at Union/Pine from 7pm until 10pm!

Be one of the first 100 people to join our 25th anniversary celebration and get a free signature cocktail! Play ping pong with your friends and Sarabande authors, take photos in our photo booth with takeaway print outs, or dance away the night under a disco ball! Wear your best silver-studded, sequined, or foiled dresses and capes for the ultimate glam night. 

Enjoy our signature cocktails, Fierce Tethers and The Sarabandit, beer, or wine responsibly. 

  • “Fierce Tethers”: Old Forester Classic Bourbon 86 Proof, Angostura Bitters, Ginger Ale, Lemon Peel

  • "The Sarabandit": Old Forester, single pour

To see what else is happening at AWP, visit our full Sarabande + AWP post here.

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Mar
27
7:00 PM19:00

Rosellen Brown reads at the Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

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Wednesday, March 27, 2019

Oregon Jewish Museum and Center for Holocaust Education

724 NW Davis Street

Portland, OR 97209

About the Event: Brown will engage questions and read from her newest novel, The Lake on Fire, published in October 2018 to rave reviews.

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

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Mar
23
1:00 PM13:00

Rosellen Brown at Oriole Park with Chicago Public Library

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Saturday, March 23, 2019

Oriole Park

7454 W. Balmoral Avenue

Chicago, IL 60656

About the Event: Hosted by Chicago Public Library as part of their Author Events. Registration Required, please call the branch (312) 744-1965 to reserve a seat.

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

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Mar
14
7:00 PM19:00

Amelia Martens to read at St. Ann Visiting Writer Series, Brescia University

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Moore Center Atrium

Brescia University

717 Frederica St,

Owensboro, KY 42301

About the event: Brescia University’s Creative Writing department will be hosting a series of readings and lectures by a variety of nationally recognized and acclaimed authors and poets.  The events will be known as the St. Ann Visiting Writers Series.


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.

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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

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Feb
28
7:00 PM19:00

Hai-Dang Phan reads at The University of Tulsa

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Tyrrell Hall

University of Tulsa

2930 East 6th Street

Tulsa, Oklahoma 74104

About the Event: Join Magic City Books, Tulsa Artist Fellowship and the Oklahoma Center for the Humanities as we welcome Hai-Dang Phan on his visit to Tulsa to celebrate his new collection of poetry, Reenactments. Writer and Tulsa Artist Fellow Mark de Silva will host this evening of discussion and poetry with Mr. Phan.

The event will take place in Tyrrell Hall on the campus of The University of Tulsa. It is free and open to the public. Reenactments will be available at Magic City Books starting February 19 and will be available for sale at the event.

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. Reeanactments is his first book.

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PRAISE FOR REENACTMENTS:

“'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 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

"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 is a poet of fearless vision. With brutal and exquisite precision, he reveals that the effort to make art out of the real world—history, memory, and experience—often intensifies a feeling of irresolution. The brilliance of his first book Reenactments: Poems and Translations lies in a deft interrogation of mimesis and, in particular, how representing the history of war and migration for Vietnamese Americans can reify silences, erasures, and cultural dislocations. But Phan also builds a powerful stay against despair through translations that spotlight contemporary Vietnamese poetry while slyly suggesting that no language or history is isolate and every poem may very well be a translation. Such remarkable insights accumulate, and by book’s end I was struck by the immense beauty and feeling of Reenactments and had to read it again.”  

—Jennifer Chang

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Feb
28
5:00 PM17:00

Peter Mishler reads at University of New Hampshire Writers Series

Thursday, February 28, 2019

Location TBA

Time: 5:00PM

About the Event: Each semester, the English Department brings prominent writers of poetry, fiction, and nonfiction to UNH to read from their work in public presentations and, in most cases, to spend in-class time with students during the day.

About the Author: Peter Mishler was born in New Jersey and lives in Kansas City. His poems have appeared at The Winter Anthology, Oversound, Prodigal, diode, Prelude, Conjunctions, 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

"[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

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Feb
27
7:30 PM19:30

Kimiko Hahn reads at Paterno Library's Foster Auditorium

Wednesday, February 27, 2019

Mary E. Rolling Reading Series

Paterno Library, Foster Auditorium

Penn State University Libraries

University Park, Pennsylvania

About the event: Award-winning poet Kimiko Hahn, this year’s Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence, will read from her work at 7:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 27, in Paterno Library’s Foster Auditorium. The reading, which is also part of the Mary E. Rolling Reading Series, is free and open to the public. The Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence is primarily funded through the generosity of Steven Fisher, a 1970 Penn State graduate in English. For more than a decade, a well-known poet, fiction writer, or nonfiction writer has visited campus for a week each year to share their expertise and work with students in the graduate Creative Writing Program and undergraduate creative writing classes.

The Fisher Family Writer-in-Residence and the Rolling Reading Series also receive support from the Joseph L. Grucci Poetry Endowment, the College of the Liberal Arts, the Department of English, and University Libraries.

About the Author: Kimiko Hahn is the author of ten books of poetry, including most recently, Brain Fever (Norton, 2014). She has received numerous honors, including the PSA's Shelley Memorial Prize, the PEN/Voelcker Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, Guggenheim Foundation, and New York Foundation for the Arts. She is a distinguished professor in creative writing at Queens College (CUNY) and lives in Forest Hills, New York.

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Praise for Brood:

"Kimiko Hahn's poems glow with concentrated energy."

Boston Review

 

"One of the most important poets of our time."

Bomb

 

"Kimiko Hahn stands as a welcome voice of experimentation and passion."

Bloomsbury Review

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Feb
27
6:00 PM18:00

Nona Caspers and Friends

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Wednesday, February 27, 2019

LGBTQIA Center

Main Library

100 Larkin Street

San Francisco, 94102

Time: 6:00PM - 7:30PM

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

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Feb
24
3:30 PM15:30

Pamela Hart reads at the Katonah Museum of Art

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Katonah Museum of Art

134 Jay Street - Route 22

Katonah, NY 10536

About the event: Join us for a reading and conversation with writers responding to and reflecting on art, culture and world events. Light refreshments served. Books available for sale at event.

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

“This honest and compassionate debut from the mother of a soldier adopts a rarely seen focus in the annals of wartime literature, turning attention toward the home front rather than the combat front.”

Publishers Weekly 

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Feb
21
7:00 PM19:00

Amelia Martens to Share Work at Paducah School of Art and Design

Poetry Reading by KY Arts Council Al Smith Fellowship Recipients

Bill Ford Gallery, Paducah School of Art and Design

905 Harrison Street, Paducah, Kentucky, 42001

About the Event: Amelia Martens and Pamela Johnson Parker will both be reading their work at the West Kentucky Community and Technical College Paducah School of Art and Design. Free and open to the public!

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

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Feb
19
4:30 PM16:30

Elena Passarello presents her work at the Southern Indiana Reading Series

Tuesday February 19, 2019

Southern Indiana Reading Series

Performance Center

8600 University Blvd,

Evansville, IN 47712

About the event: The Southern Indiana Reading Series presents a reading by award winning authors, Elena Passarello and Hanif Abdurraquib. Free and open to the public!

About the Author: Elena Passarello is an actor, a writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection with Sarabande Books, Let Me Clear My Throat, won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, Slate, Creative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay. Passarello lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.

PRAISE FOR ANIMALS STRIKE CURIOUS POSES

“Stunning. . . . Passarello’s keen wit is on display throughout as she raises questions about the uniqueness of humans. . . . A feast of surprising juxtapositions and gorgeous prose.”
Publishers Weekly, starred review

“This phenomenal collection documents the lives of particular animals from a wide range of species. . . . Passarello treats her subjects with dextrous care, weaving narratives together in a way that investigates, honors, and complicates her subjects. . . . Passarello has created a consistently original, thoroughly researched, altogether fascinating compendium.”  
Booklist, starred review

"Passarello presents biographies of famous animals, from an ancient mummified mammoth to Mr. Ed and Cecil the Lion.”  
The New York Times, "100 Notable Books of 2017"

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Feb
10
7:00 PM19:00

Peter Mishler to read at Open Mouth Reading Series

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Stage 18

18 Center Street

Fayetteville, AR 72701

About the Event: Reading by poets Peter Mishler and D.M Aderibigde

About the Author: Peter Mishler was born in New Jersey and lives in Kansas City. His poems have appeared at The Winter Anthology, Oversound, Prodigal, diode, Prelude, Conjunctions, 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

"[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

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Jan
31
7:00 PM19:00

Kiki Petrosino to read at The University of Arizona Poetry Center

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Thursday, January 31, 2019

University of Arizona: Poetry Center

1508 E Helen St.

Tucson, AZ 85719

Time: 7:00PM - 8:00PM

About the event: We are proud to present Kiki Petrosino, who will read from her work. After the reading, there will be a short Q&A and a book signing.

About the author: Kiki Petrosino is the author of two previous books of poetry: Hymn for the Black Terrific (2013) and Fort Red Border (2009). She holds graduate degrees from the University of Chicago and the University of Iowa Writer's Workshop. Her poems and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry, The New York Times, FENCE, Gulf Coast, Jubilat, Tin House and online at Ploughshares. She is founder and co-editor of Transom, an independent online poetry journal. She is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Louisville, where she directs the Creative Writing Program. Her awards include a residency at the Hermitage Artist Retreat and research fellowships from the University of Louisville's Commonwealth Center for the Humanities and Society and the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities.

Praise for Witch Wife:

"Petrosino. . . crackles in her stunning third collection, as she dives deep into the ephemeral powers of the body, particularly those of black women. . . .Cosmic images blend with the familiar and domestic to create an all-encompassing reading experience."
Publishers Weekly, starred review

"Petrosino is a canny, wide-ranging and formally nimble writer with a magician's command of atmosphere."
The New York Times, "The Best Poetry of 2017"

“In Petrosino’s singular world, the familiar becomes strange, and the strange, suddenly irresistible, settles deep in the bones. Sparkling with sly wordplay and fantastical imagery, these are not only masterful poems but mighty incantations. Utterly spellbinding.”
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Jan
26
11:00 AM11:00

Rosellen Brown at The Cliff Dwellers Book Club

Saturday, January 26, 2019


11:00 AM - 12:00 PM

The Cliff Dwellers, 200 S. Michigan Avenue

Chicago, IL 60604

Time 11:00 AM, discussion will continue over lunch

The Book Club will be discussing Rosellen Brown’s first novel in eighteen years, The Lake on Fire, the story of Jewish immigrants to Chicago at the time of the Columbian Exposition.

 

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.

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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

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Nov
5
7:00 PM19:00

Rachel Z. Arndt to Read at Brown University

Monday, November 5th, 2018

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Brown University,

Providence, Rhode Island 02912

Time TBD

Address TBD

Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer and editor whose debut essay collection, Beyond Measure, came out from Sarabande books in 2018. She received MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and a BA in creative writing and Spanish from Brown University. She now lives in Chicago.

Praise for Beyond Measure

[T]he essays in Beyond Measure are beautiful in an intricate, knotty way, as in how math is beautiful, or the interior of a mechanical watch. . . . Once, when reading Beyond Measure on the train, I missed my stop, so engrossed was I in the book." —The Collapsar

"Rachel Z. Arndt’s collection demonstrates beautifully the marvelous ability of the personal essay to carve out of the ordinary events of everyday life a piece of shaped experience.” —Vivian Gornick

“In the grip of Rachel Z. Arndt’s spellbindingly obsessive mind, nearly everything shines with measurability and poetry and disturbing familiarity. She studies bird dissections, sails through a lightning storm, explains the etiquette of scamming Bed Bath & Beyond, kicks ass at a judo tournament, ponders the cultural history of the heights of kitchen counters, and formulates a phenomenology of creeping on people at the gym. Riding the folds of Arndt’s remarkable imagination, we come to realize that her obsession is in fact a cultural obsession, an American predicament, our most curious collective pastime.”—John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain and A New History of the Essay

 

“[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

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Nov
4
7:30 PM19:30

Rachel Z Arndt to Read at Why There Are Words reading series

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Sunday, November 4th, 2018

Bowery Club, 308 Bowery

New York, NY 10012

Time TBD

Rachel Z. Arndt, author of Beyond Measure, will be reading at the Why There Are Words reading series on November 4th.

Rachel Z. Arndt is a writer and editor whose debut essay collection, Beyond Measure, came out from Sarabande books in 2018. She received MFAs from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop and the University of Iowa’s Nonfiction Writing Program and a BA in creative writing and Spanish from Brown University. She now lives in Chicago.

Praise for Beyond Measure

[T]he essays in Beyond Measure are beautiful in an intricate, knotty way, as in how math is beautiful, or the interior of a mechanical watch. . . . Once, when reading Beyond Measure on the train, I missed my stop, so engrossed was I in the book." —The Collapsar

"Rachel Z. Arndt’s collection demonstrates beautifully the marvelous ability of the personal essay to carve out of the ordinary events of everyday life a piece of shaped experience.” —Vivian Gornick

“In the grip of Rachel Z. Arndt’s spellbindingly obsessive mind, nearly everything shines with measurability and poetry and disturbing familiarity. She studies bird dissections, sails through a lightning storm, explains the etiquette of scamming Bed Bath & Beyond, kicks ass at a judo tournament, ponders the cultural history of the heights of kitchen counters, and formulates a phenomenology of creeping on people at the gym. Riding the folds of Arndt’s remarkable imagination, we come to realize that her obsession is in fact a cultural obsession, an American predicament, our most curious collective pastime.”—John D'Agata, author of About a Mountain and A New History of the Essay

 

“[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

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Oct
28
7:30 PM19:30

Sandra Cisneros to Read at Texas Book Festival

Sunday, July 28th

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Time TBA

610 Brazos, Suite 200

 Austin, TX 78701 

Sandra Cisnernos, author of Puro Amor, will be reading at the Texas book Festival.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the third child and only daughter in a family of seven children. She  studied at Loyola University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1976) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A. Creative Writing, 1978).

She's worked as a teacher and counselor to high-school dropouts, as an artist-in-the-schools where she taught creative writing at every level except first grade and pre-school, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. And, she was a Writer-in-Residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Her  books include a chapbook of poetry, Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1980); two full-length poetry books, My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman Press, 1987; Random House, 1992) and Loose Woman (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); a collection of stories, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991); a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); the novels The House on Mango Street (Vintage, 1991) and Caramelo (Knopf, 2002), and the picture book Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf 2012). 

Praise for "Puro Amor"

“Sandra Cisneros makes me so happy that I am a reader, so joyful that she is a writer, and even more exhilarated that she is part of our world.”  

—Edwidge Danticat

“Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage…She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one.”  

—Bebe Moore Campbell

“Thank you, wicked wicked woman, for shooting up these loose arrows to the high hells of poetry, passion and humor.”  

—Eduardo Galeano

“Sandra Cisneros is like a bee that extracts new honey from old flowers…[she] possesses that most difficulty ability—allowing us to imagine that which ever existed.” 

 —Elena Poniatowska

“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

“Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brilliant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuance-full. . . rich with music and picture.”  

—Gwendolyn Books 

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Oct
18
to Oct 21

Sandra Cisnernos To Read At Dodge Poetry Festival

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Thursday-Sunday October 18,19,20,21 

Time TBA

Newark, New Jersey 

Venues TBA

Sandra Cisneros will be reading on multiple days at the Dodge Poetry Festival.

Sandra Cisneros was born in Chicago in 1954, the third child and only daughter in a family of seven children. She  studied at Loyola University of Chicago (B.A. English, 1976) and the University of Iowa (M.F.A. Creative Writing, 1978).

She's worked as a teacher and counselor to high-school dropouts, as an artist-in-the-schools where she taught creative writing at every level except first grade and pre-school, a college recruiter, an arts administrator, and as a visiting writer at a number of universities including the University of California, Berkeley, and the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor. And, she was a Writer-in-Residence at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio.

Her  books include a chapbook of poetry, Bad Boys (Mango Press, 1980); two full-length poetry books, My Wicked Wicked Ways (Third Woman Press, 1987; Random House, 1992) and Loose Woman (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); a collection of stories, Woman Hollering Creek and Other Stories (Random House, 1991); a children's book, Hairs/Pelitos (Alfred A. Knopf, 1994); the novels The House on Mango Street (Vintage, 1991) and Caramelo (Knopf, 2002), and the picture book Have You Seen Marie? (Knopf 2012). 

Praise for "Puro Amor"

“Sandra Cisneros makes me so happy that I am a reader, so joyful that she is a writer, and even more exhilarated that she is part of our world.”  

—Edwidge Danticat

“Cisneros draws on her rich [Latino] heritage…She is not only a gifted writer, but an absolutely essential one.”  

—Bebe Moore Campbell

“Thank you, wicked wicked woman, for shooting up these loose arrows to the high hells of poetry, passion and humor.”  

—Eduardo Galeano

“Sandra Cisneros is like a bee that extracts new honey from old flowers…[she] possesses that most difficulty ability—allowing us to imagine that which ever existed.” 

 —Elena Poniatowska

“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

“Sandra Cisneros is one of the most brilliant of today's young writers. Her work is sensitive, alert, nuance-full. . . rich with music and picture.”  

—Gwendolyn Books 

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Oct
3
7:00 PM19:00

Elena Passarello at The College Of Brockport

October 3, 2018

7:00 PM

The College Of Brockport 

Cooper Hall, NY Room

350 New Campus Drive

Brockport, NY 14420

 

 

Elena Passerello will be reading at the College of Brockport in the Cooper Hall NY Room on October 3rd.

Elena Passarello is an actor, writer, and recipient of a 2015 Whiting Award. Her first collection Let Me Clear My Throat (Sarabande, 2012), won the gold medal for nonfiction at the 2013 Independent Publisher Awards and was a finalist for the 2014 Oregon Book Award. Her essays on performance, pop culture, and the natural world have been published in Oxford American, SlateCreative Nonfiction, and The Iowa Review, among other publications, as well as in the 2015 anthologies Cat is Art Spelled Wrong and After Montaigne: Contemporary Essayists Cover the Essay.

Passarello has performed in several regional theaters in the East and Midwest, originating roles in the premieres of Christopher Durang’s Mrs. Bob Cratchit’s Wild Christmas Binge and David Turkel’s Wild Signs and Holler. In 2011, she became the first woman winner of the annual Stella Screaming Contest in New Orleans. She lives in Corvallis, Oregon and teaches at Oregon State University.

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Sep
13
7:00 PM19:00

NONA CASPERS TO READ AT WHY THERE ARE WORDS SERIES

Why There Are Words in Sausalito at Studio 333, 333 Caledonia Street, Sausalito, CA

Join Why There Are Words in Sausalito September 13, 2018, at Studio 333, when special guest Nona Caspers will read along with five authors from Black Lawrence Press. Doors open at 7pm; readings begin at 7:15, $10 entry fee at the door. Cash bar.

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Nona Caspers recently released a novel-in-stories, The Fifth Woman (Sarabande Books, August 2018), which was honored with the Mary McCarthy award from Sarabande. Earlier books include Little Book of Days (Spuyten Duyvil, 2009) and Heavier than Air (University of Massachusetts Press, 2006), which received the Grace Paley Prize in Short Fiction and was a NYTBR Editors’ Choice. Her stories have appeared in journals such as Kenyon ReviewGlimmer Train, and The Sun. In 2014, she co-edited with Joell Hallowell Lawfully Wedded Wives: Rethinking Marriage in the 21st Century (Triton Books). Other awards include a NEA fellowship, San Francisco Cultural Equity Grant, and LAMBDA nomination. She is a professor of creative writing at San Francisco State University.

The Masters Review, “22 Books We’re Looking Forward to This Year”

At the center of this book is the death of the narrator’s partner in a bicycling accident. Each short chapter serves as a brief vignette of, or occasionally a magical-realist metaphor for, the grieving process. A shadow of a dog appears in her apartment with no apparent source; a crack opens in the ceiling and splits her building down the middle. One day she notices in the alley below her window four women chatting together and a fifth, with no features, standing on the perimeter. She finds herself wondering: What did she want from me? What are the things that matter? At times dryly comical, at other times radiantly surreal, The Fifth Woman is a testament to the resurrecting power of memory and enduring love.

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