Mary Szybist in Conversation with Elyse Fenton: Free Oregon Book Club Event
Tue May 28 2013 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Literary Arts, 925 SW Washington St. Portland, OR
Poet Mary Szybist, author of Oregon Book Club’s latest selection Incarnadine, will appear at Literary Arts to speak with fellow poet Elyse Fenton about her work, the state of Oregon poetry, and her teaching at Lewis & Clark College.
Incarnadine, Szybist’s new collection of poetry published by independent wonder-press Graywolf, has already received rave reviews. A starred Publishers Weekly review calls it “essential poetry,” in which “love poetry and poetry of religious faith blend and blur into one transcendent, humbled substance.”
Mary Szybist’s first collection of poetry, Granted (2003), was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Szybist is also the recipient of a Witter Bynner Fellowship, an Academy of American Poets Prize, a Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers’ Award, and a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. Her work has appeared in the Iowa Review and Denver Quarterly and was featured in Best American Poetry (2008). She is an associate professor of English at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon.
Elyse Fenton is the author of Clamor, selected by D.A. Powell as winner of the 2009 Cleveland State University Poetry Center First Book Prize. Winner of the 2008 Pablo Neruda Award from Nimrod International Literary Journal, her poetry and nonfiction have also appeared in American Poetry Review, Pleiades, Bat City Review, the Massachusetts Review, and the New York Times.
The event is free and open to the public. Oregon Book Club members are highly encouraged to attend. An after-party is being scheduled, with details to be announced.