Thursday, April 26 at 7:00 pm
Poetry with Zilka Joseph & Robert Fanning
Join us for a night of poetry with celebrated Michigan authors Zilka Joseph and Robert Fanning!
Ann Arbor's Zilka Joseph has an MFA in Poetry from University of
Michigan, and she currently teaches workshops, works as a manuscript
coach and editor, and mentors writers in the Ann Arbor community. She
has written several books of poetry including her most recent, Sharp
Blue Search of Flame (Wayne State University Press, 2016).
Robert Fanning is the author of six poetry collections including his
latest, Our Sudden Museum (Salmon Poetry, Ireland. 2017), as well as two
chapbooks. His poems have appeared in Poetry, Ploughshares, Shenandoah,
The Atlanta Review, and many other journals. A graduate of the
University of Michigan and Sarah Lawrence College, he is a Professor of
Creative Writing at Central Michigan University. He is also the founder
and facilitator of the Wellspring Literary Series in Mt. Pleasant, MI.,
where he lives with his wife, sculptor Denise Whitebread Fanning, and
their two children. Signing to follow.
Wednesday, May 2 at 7:00 pm
Community High School Poetry Class
We are pleased to host Community High's poetry class for their 4th annual reading at Bookbound!
Join us to celebrate Ann Arbor's young talent as students from the class share their original work.
Thursday, May 10 at 7:00 pm
Open Mic & Share Poetry Series
featuring Valerie Wallace
Join us to hear award-winning poet Valerie Wallace read from her new book House of McQueen (Four Way Books, 2018).
Valerie's work was chosen by Margaret Atwood for the 2012 Atty Award,
and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San
Miguel de Allende Writers Conference Award in Poetry. She earned her
MFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is Associate
Director, Communications for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the
Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago and teaches at Harold
Washington College, the Newberry Library, and offers private workshops.
The event begins with an Open Mic session when area poets can read their own work or share a favorite poem by another author in a welcoming atmosphere. This is part of a series on the second Thursday of most months in partnership with Les Go Social Media Marketing & Training. Signing to follow.
“Wallace conducts a literary seance in her transcendent debut, serving
as a scholar of and medium for the late iconic fashion designer
Alexander McQueen (1969–2010). Devising her poems using an extensive
array of sources, Wallace manages to encapsulate the “monstrous and
magical” visions that defined McQueen’s oeuvre. Her biographical thesis,
so to speak, can be seen in lines written from the designer’s
perspective: “People say I do it for the shock value/ I just like
exploring the sinister side of life.” Wallace’s expert distillation of
McQueen’s life and words offers valuable insight on his whimsical and
dark-minded vision. Perhaps the most astonishing aspect of Wallace’s
lyrical tapestry is the way in which she cultivates various voices and
narratives; by quoting McQueen’s friends and disciples, including such
notable figures as Naomi Campbell and Kate Moss, readers hear through
them the fashion industry legend’s call to “Perform my clothes like
you’re devastated.” There are also witty moments, as when Wallace
imagines McQueen’s scissors whispering in his ear, “It’s only cloth.”
Wallace’s language locates a maelstrom of emotional and spiritual energy
at the core of McQueen’s evocative designs. Sensual, devastating, and
lithe as silk, Wallace’s work is a fitting tribute to McQueen’s dynamic
yet tragic life.” (Publishers Weekly, starred review).