November 29, 2016 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of The Wug Test, which was selected by Eliza Griswold for the National Poetry Series by Ecco Press. In The Wug Test, named for a method by which a linguist discovered how deeply imprinted the cognitive instinct toward acquiring language is in children, Kronovet questions whether words are objects we should escape from or embrace. Dispatches of text from that researcher, Walt Whitman, Ferdinand de Saussure, and the poet herself, among other voices, are mined for their futility as well as their beauty, in poems that are technically revealing and purely pleasurable.

Jennifer Kronovet is the author of the poetry collection Awayward and the chapbook Case Study: With. She co-translated The Acrobat, the selected poems of Celia Dropkin, and co-founded Circumference, the journal of poetry in translation. Under the name Jennifer Stern, she co-translated Empty Chairs, poems of Liu Xia. Kronovet received an MFA in Creative Writing and an MA in Applied Linguistics. She lives in Virginia and is a native New Yorker.