Rachel Greenwald Smith and Lisa Wells
Please join us for a reading from Lisa Wells and Rachel Greenwald Smith to celebrate the releases of their books Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World and On Compromise: Art, Politics, and the Fate of an American Ideal.
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Lydia Millet of the Los Angeles Times says of Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World, “Believers . . . grapples with the question of how to go forward in the shadow of endings — not only our own, but the endings of species and ecosystems, of cultures and of language . . . The question is not of what we face but how we can face it bravely and creatively.”
Publisher's Weekly says of On Comprimise: Art, Politics, and the Fate of an American Ideal, “Greenwald Smith takes a commendably expansive view of the idea and practice of compromise, creating a nuanced look at a thorny subject. The result is a work of criticism as thoughtful as it is relevant.”
Lisa Wells is the author of Believers: Making a Life at the End of the World (Farrar, Straus & Giroux, 2021) and The Fix , winner of the Iowa Poetry Prize. Her poems and essays have been published by The New York Times, Harper’s Magazine, Granta, The Believer, n+1 and others. A graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, she currently lives in south Seattle where she writes a column called Abundant Noise for Orion Magazine.
Rachel Greenwald Smith is the author of Affect and American Literature in the Age of Neoliberalism. Her essays have appeared in American Literature, the Account, Mediations, and elsewhere. She teaches at Saint Louis University