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  • Night Sky Reading - Poems by Joanna Klink

    August 12, 2020 - 7:30pm

    Prairie Lights Virtual - Zoom

    Please join us for a special reading and celebratory toast to honor the release of Joanna Klink's new book of poetry, The Nightfields.

    For the link to access the event, register here

    To celebrate the release of The Nightfields, 31 poets and writers will read from "Night Sky," the sequence of short poems that ends the book. Please bring a celebratory beverage, to join in a virtual toast after the reading! 

    The New York Journal of Books says of The Nightfields: “Klink is a vatic poet, a seer not just of the body but of bodies in relationship to one another, bodies in relation to the natural world, to the universe both inner and outer . . . Perhaps more than any other poet writing today, Joanna Klink is the Romantic poet of our age, and like the great romantic poets, Wordsworth, Keats, Shelley, the narrator of The Nightfields is often walking through her poems, attuned to the silences and quiet murmurings of the world.”

    Joanna Klink is the author of five books of poetry. She has received awards and fellowships from the Rona Jaffe Foundation, Jeannette Haien Ballard, Civitella Ranieri, the Bogliasco Foundation, the American Academy of Arts and Letters, the Trust of Amy Lowell, and the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation. She is teaching at the Michener Center in Austin.  

    To order the book for curbside pickup, free local delivery, or media mail shipping, find it in our online shop or give us a call at 319-337-2681.

     

    PARTICIPATING WRITERS

    Leni Zumas is the author of three books of fiction: Red Clocks, The Listeners, and Farewell Navigator: Stories. She lives in Oregon and teaches in the MFA program at Portland State University.

    Mary Szybist is the author of Incarnadine, winner of the 2013 National Book Award for poetry.  She teaches at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.

    Rob Schlegel is the author of The Lesser FieldsJanuary Machine, and In the Tree Where the Double Sex Sleeps, winner of the 2018 Iowa Poetry Prize. Most recently he has taught at Whitman College and in the MFA Program at Portland State University. With the poets Rawaan Alkhatib and Daniel Poppick, he co-edits The Catenary Press.

    Spencer Reece is the author of The Clerk's Tale (2003)winner of the Bakeless Prize and the Larry Levis Prize and finalist for the LA Times Book Award, and The Road to Emmaus (2014), long-list nominee for the National Book Award and the Griffin Prize. In 2017 he edited a bilingual anthology of poems, Counting Time Like People Count Stars,  by the abandoned girls of Our Little Roses in San Pedro Sula, Honduras. In 2021, two books will be forthcoming: The Secret Gospel of Mark: A Poet's Memoir and All The Beauty Still Left: A Poet's Painted Book of Hours - one book a memoir of how poetry saved his life and led him to the priesthood, the other a collection of his watercolours with commonplace quotes from his reading  that accompany each painting. He has been an Episcopal priest in Honduras followed by 7 years in Madrid, Spain, working for the bishop there. He has returned now to the United States and hopes to share news of a new post as a rector of a parish soon. 2024, will see the publication of his third collection of poems by Farrar, Straus, Giroux, entitled: Acts

    Dana Prescott, Executive Director of the Civitella Ranieri Foundation, is a writer, painter, and educator who has lived and worked in Italy for most of the past 30 years. She taught at Temple University, Cornell University, and University of Washington in Rome, amongst others. She was Director of Rhode Island School of Design in Rome and served as Arts Director at the American Academy in Rome. Her work was included in the anthology  Apple, Tree  in 2019 and her poems have been published in the  Bennington Review, The Journal for Poetic Research, and others. She is the editor of the anthology, Feathers from the Angel’s Wing, poems about the paintings of Piero della Francesca.  

    D. A. Powell's most recent collection is Atlas T (Rescue Press, 2020). He received the 2019 John Updike Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and has taught at University of Iowa, Columbia University, Harvard, Stanford and Davidson College, as well as University of San Francisco where he is a Professor of Writing.

    Cecily Parks is the author of the poetry collections Field Folly Snow (2008) and O'Nights (2015), and editor of The Echoing Green: Poems of Fields, Meadows, and Grasses (2016). Her poems appear or are forthcoming in The New YorkerThe New RepublicBest American Poetry 2020, and elsewhere. She teaches at Texas State University.

    Sameer Pandya is the author of the novel Members Only and the story collection The Blind Writer, which was long listed for the PEN/Open Book Award. He is also the recipient of the PEN/Civitella Fellowship. His fiction, commentary, and cultural criticism has appeared in a range of publications, including the AtlanticSalonSports IllustratedESPN, and Narrative Magazine. He is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Asian American Studies at the University of California, Santa Barbara.

    Shelly Oria is the author of New York 1, Tel Aviv 0 (FSG 2014) and the editor of Indelible in the Hippocampus, Writings from the MeToo Movement (McSweeney's 2019). In 2017 CLEAN, a digital novella Oria was commissioned to coauthor, received two Lovie Awards from the International Academy of Digital Arts and Sciences. Oria's fiction has appeared in The Paris Review and read on Selected Shorts at Symphony Space; has been translated to other languages; and has won a number of awards. Oria lives in Brooklyn, New York, where she has a private practice as a life and creativity coach. Her website is www.shellyoria.com

    Lisa Olstein is the author of four poetry collections, most recently Late Empire (Copper Canyon Press, 2017), and a book-length lyric essay, PAIN STUDIES (Bellevue Literary Press, 2020). A member of the poetry faculty at the University of Texas at Austin, she is the recipient of a Pushcart Prize, Hayden Carruth Award, Lannan Writing Residency, and Guggenheim Fellowship. 

    Malena Mörling is the author of two books of poetry: Ocean Avenue and Astoria. She has published translations of Swedish poet, Tomas Tranströmer and, with Jonas Ellerström, a collection of the Finland-Swedish poet Edith Södergran, On Foot I Wandered Through the Solar Systems, the collection 1933 by Philip Levine into Swedish, and they have edited and translated the anthology, The Star By My Head, Poets From Sweden published by Milkweed Editions. Mörling is a recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, a Lannan Literary Fellowship and a Dianna L. Bennett Fellowship from the Beverly Rogers, Carol C. Harter Black Mountain Institute. She teaches Creative Writing at UNC, Wilmington.

    Honor Moore is the author of Our Revolution and The Bishop’s Daughter, which was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and The White Blackbird, and was also named a New York Times Notable Book. She is also the author of three collections of poems; her first collection Memoir, was released this spring as a Carnegie Mellon classic collection. Her work has appeared in The New Yorker, The Paris Review, and The American Scholar, among other journals. She lives and writes in New York City, where she is on the graduate writing faculty of The New School.

    Joe Milazzo is the author of the novel Crepuscule W/ Nellie, two volumes of poetry — The Habiliments and Of All Places In This Place Of All Places — and several chapbooks (most recently, @p_roblem_s). He is an Associate Editor for Southwest Review and the proprietor of Imipolex Press. Joe lives and works in Dallas, Texas, and his virtual location is www.joe-milazzo.com.

    Nathan McClain is the author of Scale (Four Way Books, 2017), a recipient of fellowships from Sewanee Writers' Conference, The Frost Place, the Bread Loaf Writers' Conference, and a graduate of the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson. His poetry and prose have recently appeared in Poetry Northwest, Green Mountains Review, Zocalo Public Square, The Common, On the Seawall, and The Critical Flame. His next poetry collection with Four Way Books will be published in Fall 2022. He teaches at Hampshire College.

    Lynn Melnick is the author of the poetry collections Refusenik (forthcoming 2022), Landscape with Sex and Violence (2017), and If I Should Say I Have Hope (2012), all with YesYes Books, and the co-editor of Please Excuse This Poem: 100 Poets for the Next Generation (Viking, 2015). I've Had to Think Up a Way to Survive, a book about Dolly Parton that is also a bit of a memoir, is forthcoming from University of Texas Press in 2022.

    Youna Kwak is a poet, translator, and teacher. She lives in the Inland Empire.

    Anna Maria Hong is the author of Age of Glass, winner of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center’s First Book Poetry Competition and the Poetry Society of America’s Norma Farber First Book Award, and the novella H & G (Sidebrow Books), winner of the A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Clarissa Dalloway Prize. Her poetry collection Fablesque won Tupelo Press’s Berkshire Prize and is forthcoming in September 2020. A former Bunting Fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, she has published poetry and fiction in many journals and anthologies including The Nation, The Iowa Review, Ecotone, Green Mountains Review, Pleiades, Poetry Daily, and The Best American Poetry.

    Brenda Hillman is the author of ten collections of poetry from Wesleyan University Press, including Extra Hidden Life, Among the Days (2018) which won the Northern California Book Award. She has edited and co-translated numerous books, most recently At Your Feet by Ana Cristina Cesar— co-translated with Helen Hillman. Sobre un dia, en el mundo a collection of Hillman’s work in Spanish, has been translated by Ezequiel Zaidenwerg. She currently serves as a Chancellor for the Academy of American Poets, co-directs the Poetry Program of the Community of Writers and teaches at Saint Mary’s College of California.  https://blueflowerarts.com/artist/brenda-hillman/

    Nicholas Gulig is a Thai-American poet from Wisconsin. The author of North of OrderBook of Lake, and Orient, he currently teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater.

    Sarah Gridley is the author of four books of poetry: Weather Eye Open (University of California Press, 2005); Green is the Orator (University of California Press, 2010); Loom (Omnidawn Publishing, 2013); and Insofar (New Issues Press, 2020). She is beginning a Masters Degree in Religious and Theological Studies at John Carroll University. 

    Michele Glazer lives in Portland, Oregon, and teaches at Portland State University.

    Annelyse Gelman's work has appeared in BOMB Magazine, the PEN Poetry Series, The New Yorker, and elsewhere, and she is the author of the poetry collection Everyone I Love Is a Stranger to Someone (2014, Write Bloody) and the EP About Repulsion (2019, Fonograf Editions). She also directs Midst, an app and digital publishing platform for archiving, sharing, and exploring the writing process. Gelman has been the recipient of fellowships from the Deutsch-Amerikanische Fulbright-Kommission, New Zealand Pacific Studio, Fondation Jan Michalski, and the Michener Center for Writers. Find her at www.annelysegelman.com.

    Forrest Gander, born in the Mojave Desert, lives in California. A translator and writer with degrees in geology and literature, he’s the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize, the Best Translated Book Award, and fellowships from the Library of Congress, the Guggenheim, and United States Artists Foundations. His new book of poems, Twice Alive, focused on environmental intimacy, is due from New Directions in 2021. 

    Amanda Fortini has written for the New Yorker, the New York Times, Vanity Fair, California Sunday, and the Believer, among other publications. She is the Beverly Rogers Fellow at the Black Mountain Institute at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, where she also taught for four years. Her essays have been widely anthologized, including in Best American Political Writing, and she has been nominated for a James Beard Journalism Award. She divides her time between Las Vegas, Nevada, and Livingston, Montana.

    Shangyang Fang grew up in Chengdu, China, and writes both in English and Chinese. A recent graduate from Michener Center for Writers, he is a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford University. His debut poetry collection is forthcoming from Copper Canyon Press in 2021.

    Timothy Donnelly’s most recent book of poems, The Problem of the Many  (Wave Books, 2019), received the inaugural Big Other Book Award for Poetry. His other collections include Twenty-seven Props for a Production of Eine Lebensezeit  (Grove, 2003) and The Cloud Corporation  (Wave, 2010), winner of the 2012 Kingsley Tufts Poetry Prize. He is Director of Poetry at the Writing Program of Columbia University School of the Arts and lives in Brooklyn with his family.

    John D'Agata is the author of six books, including About a Mountain and the 3-volume anthology series A New History of the Essay.

    John Beer is the author of Lucinda (Canarium, 2016) and The Waste Land and Other Poems (Canarium, 2010), and editor of Poems (1962-1997) by Robert Lax (Wave, 2013). He lives in Portland, Oregon and teaches at Portland State University.

    David Baker is author of twelve books of poetry, recently Swift: New and Selected Poems, (Norton, 2019), Scavenger Loop (2015), and Never-Ending Birds (2009), which won the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. His six books of prose include Show Me Your Environment (Michigan, 2014) and Radiant Lyre (Graywolf, 2007). Among his awards are prizes and grants from the Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Society of America, and Society of Midland Authors. Baker holds the Thomas B. Fordham Chair at Denison University and is Poetry Editor of The Kenyon Review.

    Stephanie Adams-Santos is a Guatemalan-American poet and screenwriter from Oregon. Her work is rooted in the crossroads of ritual, ancestry, and environment — with a penchant for the queer and uncanny. Her full-length poetry collection, Swarm Queen's Crown (Fathom Books) was a finalist for the Lambda Literary Awards. Her chapbook The Sundering (Poetry Society of America) was recipient of a New York Chapbook Fellowship. Stephanie’s television credits include Two Sentence Horror Stories (CW/Netflix). Her short script "La Gloria", a queer intergeneratonal story about unrequited love, is currently screening at festivals internationally.