Thursday, April 4th, 2019
20 West Lane
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."
"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."
"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