Join us for an evening of poetry with Kathryn Nuernberger, Jenny Molberg, and Karyna McGlynn.
About Kathryn Nuernberger: Kathryn Nuernberger is the author of two previous poetry collections, The End of Pink and Rag & Bone. She has also written a collection of lyric essays, Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past. Fascinated by the history of science and the natural world, she has received research fellowships from the H. J. Andrews Research Forest, American Antiquarian Society and the Bakken Museum of Electricity in Life. Other awards include an NEA fellowship and the James Laughlin Prize from the Academy of American Poets. Her poems and essays have appeared widely in journals, including 32 Poems, Cincinnati Review, Copper Nickel, Crazyhorse, Field, The Florida Review, Gulf Coast, Indiana Review, Poetry International, West Branch, Willow Springs, Poetry Daily, and Verse Daily. She holds a PhD in English Literature from Ohio University and an MFA in Creative Writing from Eastern Washington University. After spending many years directing Pleiades Press, she now teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Minnesota and lives with her family in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN.
About Rue: In this fiercely feminist ecopoetic collection, Kathryn Nuernberger reclaims love and resilience in an age of cruelty. As the speaker--an artist and intellectual--finds herself living through a rocky marriage in conservative rural Missouri, she maintains her sense of identity by studying the science and folklore of plants historically used for birth control. Her ethnobotanical portraits of common herbs like Queen Anne's lace and pennyroyal are interwoven with lyric biographies of pioneering women ecologists whose stories have been left untold in textbooks. With equal parts righteous fury and tender wisdom, Rue reassesses the past and recontextualizes the present to tell a story about breaking down, breaking through, and breaking into an honest, authentic expression of self.
About Jenny Molberg: Jenny Molberg is the author of Marvels of the Invisible. Her poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Third Coast, Tupelo Quarterly, and many other publications. She is the recipient of fellowships and scholarships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Sewanee Writers' Conference, and the Vermont Studio Center. She teaches at the University of Central Missouri, where she directs Pleiades Press and edits Pleiades: Literature in Context.
About Refusal: In Refusal, her searing new collection of poetry, Jenny Molberg draws on elements of the uncanny--invented hospitals, the Demogorgon of Dungeons & Dragons, an Ophelia character who refuses suicide--to investigate trauma, addiction, and forces of oppression. Exposing the effects of widespread toxic misogyny, this confrontational volume examines societal, cultural, and personal gaslighting in situations of domestic abuse. As Molberg writes in "Loving Ophelia Is," "love and hate simultaneously is the trick of abuse / and the trick of abuse is a vexation of the mind." A sequence of epistolary poems looks to friendship as a safe haven from violent romantic relationships, while another series on a mother's struggle with addiction captures the complicated nature of a parent-child relationship affected by alcoholism. Refusal seeks to break silences and to interrogate a cultural misogyny that weighs heavily on a woman's position in the world.
About Karyna McGlynn: Karyna McGlynn is a writer & collagist living in Memphis. Her newest poetry collection Hothouse (Sarabande Books) was a New York Times Editor's Choice. Other books include The 9-Day Queen Gets Lost on Her Way to the Execution, I Have to Go Back to 1994 and Kill a Girl, and Scorpionica. Her poems have recently appeared in The Kenyon Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Ninth Letter, Georgia Review, New England Review, Best American Poetry, and The Academy of American Poet’s Poem-A-Day. Karyna is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Christian Brothers University and teaches with Tennessee Young Writers Workshop. Find her at www.karyna.io or on instagram/twitter @karynamcglynn
About Hothouse: Karyna MyGlynn takes readers on tour through the half-haunted house of the contemporary American psyche with wit, whimsy, and candid confession. Disappointing lovers surface in the bedroom; in the bathroom, "the drained tub ticks with mollusks & lobsters;" revenge fantasies and death lurk in the basement where they rightly belong. With lush imagery and au courant asides, Hothouse surprises and delights..
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