Please join us with David James “D.J.” Savarese, who will read from his new book of poetry, Swoon.
“D.J. Savarese is a young poet of exhilarating originality, who writes with a clarity of mind and spirit that is remarkable for a poet of any age. The poems in Swoon span vast personal and imaginative distances—from searing glimpses of childhood abuse, to witty reports from the seasons (“February needs a root canal”), to spectacular geological odes, to the delights of an art that “makes of seeing a spiritual practice: the eye in its pew.” Savarese invites all readers— including those of us whose neurotypical senses “live alone like bachelors”—into the sometimes sea-tossed swoon of synesthesia, where the senses “lose themselves in one another’s arms.”— Lynn Powell, Season of the Second Thought
D.J. Savarese is an artful activist, multigenre writer, scholar, teacher, and practicing optimist. A 2022/23 Iowa Arts Fellow and Zoeglossia Fellow, he has also co-authored a chapbook titled Studies in Brotherly Love (2021) and authored an ekphrastic series titled A Doorknob for the Eye (2017). Co-producer, narrative commentator, and subject of the Peabody award-winning, Emmy-nominated documentary Deej: Inclusion Shouldn’t Be a Lottery (2017) , he founded Listen2Us: Writing Our Own Futures as an Open Society Foundations Human Rights Initiative Community Youth Fellow and currently directs The Lives-in-Progress Collective.