DANA LEVIN & JUSTIN BOENING

November 3, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Poets Dana Levin and Justin Boening will read from their new collections,
Banana Palace and Not On The Last Day, But On The Very Last.

In Banana Palace, Dana Levin uses humor, jump-cut imagery, and pop culture references in preparation for the approaching apocalypse. Against a backdrop of Facebook, cat memes, and students searching their smartphones for a definition of the soul, Levin draws upon a culture of limited attention spans as it searches for greater spiritual meaning. Dana Levin has published three books of poetry, Wedding Day, Sky Burial, and  In the Surgical Theatre, which won the APR/Honickman Award. A teacher of poetry for over twenty years, Levin splits her time between Santa Fe, New Mexico, and Maryville University in St. Louis, where she serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence.

Justin Boening’s Not On The Last Day, But On The Very Last, was selected for The National Poetry Series by Wayne Miller. John Ashbery says that "his lines consistently elude our expectations but somehow encourage and fulfill them in doing so. Surprise is a recurring texture throughout these shimmering poems . . . Not on the Last Day, but on the Very Last is a stunning achievement.” Lucie Brock-Broido says that his work is "fearless, self-deprecating, ironic, sublime, heartbreaking, and beautifully wrought.”    Justin Boening is  also the author of chapbook, Self-Portrait as Missing Person. His poetry has received a Discovery/Boston Review Poetry Prize, fellowships from the Bread Loaf Writers Conference and The  Vermont Studio Center. A graduate of Columbia University’s School of the Arts, Boening is currently a senior associate editor at Poetry Northwest and an instructor at the Columbia University Summer High School Program. He lives in Iowa City, IA.