Albert Goldbarth will read from his new collection of essays from Graywolf Press, The Adventures of Form and Content. Goldbarth's essays have pioneered and inspired new forms of nonfiction writing for thirty years. Robert Atwan, the series editor for The Best American Essays says, "These essays are a whole new breed . . . Goldbarth has spliced strands of the old genre with a powerful new genre--and the results are miraculous." The Adventures of Form and Content is a new, ingenious work of hilarity and humanity that reminds us of the capabilities and impossibilities of art. In topics ranging from the checkered history of sci-fi and pulp fictions, the erotic poetry of Catullus and the gravelly songs of Springsteen, the high gods and the low-down blues, prehistoric cave artists and NASA astronauts, illness and health, and the discovery of planets and the discovery of oneself inside an essay, this book becomes an adventure of author and reader, form and content.
Albert Goldbarth has published numerous volumes of poetry and has won the National Book Critics Circle award for Saving Lives and Heaven and Earth: A Cosmology, and he is the only poet to receive the honor two times. He is the author of five previous collections of essays, including Many Circles: New and Selected Essays. He lives in Wichita, Kansas.
This special event is co-sponsored by the Iowa Nonfiction Writing Program.