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Paige Lewis at the Ours Poetica Launch

  • Poetry Foundation 61 West Superior Street Chicago, IL, 60654 United States (map)

About the Event: 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.

About the Author: Paige Lewis is the recipient of the 2016 Editor’s Award in Poetry from The Florida Review as well as a Gregory Djanikian Scholarship from The Adroit Journal. Their poems have appeared in Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ploughshares, The Georgia Review, Best New Poets 2017, and elsewhere. They currently live and teach in Lafayette, Indiana.

Praise for Space Struck:

“If you are holding this book, know that you are holding a work of wild and tender imagination. You are holding distance and saints and orchards and mouths. You are holding the full-length debut of Paige Lewis, a gifted poet whose words bring the light of elsewhere to this planet. I have been holding my breath for this book; now it, with loving strangeness, is holding mine.” 

—Heather Christle, author of Heliopause 


“I don’t have faith in much these days, but I do have immense belief in Paige Lewis, in the spaces they create (and deliciously destroy) inside each marvelous poem, ‘where we all fit.’ Lyn Hejinian writes, ‘The mouth is just a body filled with imagination…’ and this collection is a master class on the prosody of repletion. Lewis revels in cerebral delight despite the rigid contours of anxiety, creeping at each poem’s periphery. By the end of the book we are looking up, not at the stars, but at Lewis—shining with a planetary pull. Space Struck is a wondrous arrival.” 

—Tiana Clark, author of I Can’t Talk About the Trees Without the Blood  


“In this mighty and marvelous debut (emphasis on the marvel), Paige Lewis gifts us with lush and provocative bounty on every page all while displaying their considerable gifts of grace. The poems in Space Struck read like a kind of alchemy I've simply not seen before—I'm so charmed by declarations like, ‘i spent years living with ghosts/ strung between my teeth . . . they made me the delicate/gulper i am today.’ After reading this lyric record of save and savor for this glorious planet, I am quite disarmed. I am quite undone.”  

—Aimee Nezhukumatathil, author of Oceanic