March 16, 2017 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights

Poets Craig Morgan Teicher and Brenda Shaughnessy will read from their most recent collections of poems.  

Craig Morgan Teicher will read from his new collection of poetry, The Trembling Answers. A master of neo-confessional poetry, Teicher charts new territory in this fierce exploration of family, fatherhood, and poetry. "The Trembling Answers . . . is a portrait not only of the speaker (who is handsome, he claims … as long as he avoids the mirror) but of any human being who refuses to delude himself as life's options narrow and love deepens, sharpens, extracts its beautiful dues from us. Humor and fearlessness pulse through these poems.” —Catherine Barnett  Craig Morgan Teicher is the author of four books of poetry and fiction and the editor of Once and For All: The Best of Delmore Schwartz (2016). A prolific critic and reviewer of poetry, he has worked at Publishers Weekly for 10 years, where he is currently Director of Digital Operations. He teaches at New York University and Princeton University.

Brenda Shaughnessy will read from So Much Synth, her brave and ferocious new  collection composed of equal parts femininity, pain, pleasure, and synthesizer. While Shaughnessy tenderly winces at her youthful excesses, we humbly catch glimpses of our own. "Shaughnessy's voice is smart, sexy, self-aware, hip . . . consistently wry, and ever savvy."—Harvard Review  Brenda Shaughnessy is the poetry editor-at-large at Tin House magazine, and is Assistant Professor of English and MFA Program at Rutgers–Newark. She is the author of Our Andromeda, Human Dark with Sugar, and Interior With Sudden Joy. So Much Synth was named one of the best poetry collections of 2016 by The New York Times.