October 8, 2016 - 11:30am
Prairie Lights

Poets Jennifer Knox and Ryan Collins will read from their work.

Jennifer Knox will read from Days of Shame & Failure. Her previous books are A Gringo Like Me, Drunk by Noon, and The Mystery of the Hidden Driveway. Knox received her BA from the University of Iowa, and her MFA in poetry writing from New York University. She teaches at Iowa State University.

"Jennifer L. Knox is one of our funniest writers . . .  Days of Shame and Failure is the work of a genius at her peak, the best book yet from one of our most brilliant and sui generis American writers." —Sarah Manguso

Ryan Collins will read from New American Field Guide & Songbook. Collins is the author of several chapbooks, most recently Where the Wind Bends Backwards. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, PEN Poetry Series, DIAGRAM, and  Another Chicago Magazine. He curates the SPECTRA Poetry Reading Series in Rock Island, where he lives. “Ryan Collins’ A New American Field Guide & Song Book is a book of prophecy, and it arrives at a moment when America finds itself in great need of prophesying.” —Shane McCrae