Join us on Tuesday, June 20th at 7:00pm for a poetry reading with Michelle Mathees, Sarah Fox, Feng Sun Chen, and Elisabeth Workman!
Michelle Matthees just released her first book-length collection of poems, Flucht, with New Rivers Press. It's a book about historical trauma and the adoption a nine-year old daughter from an orphanage in Russia. She has just finished her second collection, Complicated Warding, poems of people institutionalized at the turn of the last century. She writes about those living on the outs, by choice and by chance.
Sarah Fox is the author of Because Why and The First Flag, both from Coffee House Press, and two recent chapbooks, Old Wives Tales, and Invisible Wife. She lives in Northeast Minneapolis and her work centers on smashing the patriarchy.
Feng Sun Chen is the author of The 8th House (Black Ocean 2015), Butcher’s Tree (Black Ocean 2011), and the chapbooks Ugly Fish, Arcane Carnal Knowledge, and blud. Of her most recent book, Chen says “The title came to me only after a long editorial process which involved some emotional processing as well. Though I could probably name every one of my projects “The 8th House,” since my natal chart is basically a giant stellium in the 8th, (and hence most of my energy, creative or otherwise, is channeled through it), I believe that this maggoty project most acutely represents entering the 8th, the house of transformative, grotesque, perverse and mutative intimacy, death and rebirth. The work is a tracing of a very plutonian period of my life, when I frequently and regularly found cards 13 and 16, death and the tower, when I asked the universe to show me a reflection.”
Elisabeth Workman is the author of the newly released ENDLESSNESS IS NO DESOLATION (Dusie Press 2016), Ultramegaprairieland (Bloof Books 2014), and numerous chapbooks including In the Event of Not Having an Answer; ANY RIP A THRESHOLD; Maybe Malibu, Maybe Beowulf; and, with Michael Sikkema, TERRORISM IS WHAT WHALE. She teaches creative writing at MCAD, where she co-curates the Next Poetix Reading Series with Lara Mimosa Montes. Both hybrid and shapeshifting, accretive and kinetic, ENDLESSNESS IS NO DESOLATION is an exploration of motherhood and death/rebirth, a performance or labor navigating the institutionalization of poetry, and a desire to femme the trickster, to mother her, to be mothered by her.
Poetry. Women's Studies. LGBT Studies. "Here is poetry of witness and vision, haunted by personal ghosts and those of history.