March 24, 2015 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Poets Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs will read from their new collections—Fanny Says, from BOA Editions, and Pelvis with Distance, from White Pine Press.

Nickole Brown will read from Fanny Says, a biography in poems about her grandmother. Brown is the author of Sister, fromRed Hen Press and an anthology, Air Fare, that she co-edited with Judith Taylor. She has received grants from the NEA, the Kentucky Foundation for Women, and the Kentucky Arts Council. She is an editor at White Pine Press and Assistant Professor at University of Arkansas at Little Rock.

“Nickole Brown’s unleashed love song to her grandmother is raucous and heart-rending, reflective and slap-yo-damn-knee hilarious, a heady meld of lyrical line and life lesson.” – Patricia Smith

Jessica Jacobs will read from her debut, Pelvis with Distance, a biography in poems about Georgia O’Keefe. Jacobs’s work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Cave Wall, Iron Horse, The Missouri Review, Poet Lore, and Rattle, and other journals and anthologies. Jacobs has been Editor-in-Chief of Sycamore Review, and is now a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Hendrix College. Nickole Brown and Jessica Jacobs are married and live in Little Rock, Arkansas.

“And just as the artist distilled the essence of her subject matter, abstracting from flowers and bones, landscapes and clouds, a vivid story of her walk in the sun, so Jessica Jacobs discovers a vibrant music rooted in portraiture.” —Christopher Merrill