Events for Poetry and Spoken Word

Reading & Signing with Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal

“Here, Rekdal translates pain into redemption, so that a loss is not an ending but a transformation, in this riveting poetic alchemy.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review Nightingale is a book about change. This collection radically rewrites and contemporizes many of the myths central to Ovid’s epic, The Metamorphoses, Rekdal’s characters changed not by divine intervention but by both ordinary and extraordinary human events. In Nightingale, a mother undergoes cancer treatments at the same time her daughter transitions into a son; a woman comes to painful terms with her new sexual life after becoming quadriplegic; a photographer wonders whether her art is to blame for her son’s sudden illness; and a widow falls in love with her dead husband’s dog. At the same time, however, the book includes more intimate lyrics that explore personal transformation, culminating in a series of connected poems that trace the continuing effects of sexual violence and rape on survivors. Nightingale updates many of Ovid’s subjects while remaining true to the Roman epic’s tropes of violence, dismemberment, silence, and fragmentation. Is change a physical or a spiritual act? Is transformation punishment or reward, reversible or permanent? Does metamorphosis literalize our essential traits, or change us into something utterly new? Nightingale investigates these themes, while considering the roles that pain, violence, art, and voicelessness all play in the changeable selves we present to the world. Join us for an evening of amazing poetry as Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal and Utah poet Nathan Hauke read from their most recent work, talk about writing poetry, and sign copies of their books. Sit back and enjoy some of the finest poetry produced in Utah over the last year. This event will begin at 7:00 p.m.

Book Launch and Signing with Poet Nathan Hauke

"If the word takes root, & the phrase finds traction to stay on the page, as we read along we thank Nathan Hauke for giving us the trail that is Indian Summer Recycling. A way into words that deepens our joy, gratitude, & clarity for our impermanent life in this world. Composting the ghostly reverberations of what is heard, & seen. Composing, decomposing, partnering in the dance of presence and absence. A poetry where even the cross-outs sing (softly). This is a beautiful blues music?of Robert Johnson, Bob Dylan, & John Milton?reclaiming the moment when spirit speaks, speaking through the moment most clearly in its erasure, its disappearance. Places peopled deeply. A sustaining domesticity, an undercurrent of familial affection. Hauke's is an ethical way of writing, with deep roots in early American literature. The way to the heights is word by word, step by step." - Hank Lazer Join us for a book launch event celebrating the release of poet Nathan Hauke's new collection of work Indian Summer Recycling. Joining Nathan Hauke will be Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal. Both poets will be reading their work, discussing poetry and signing copies of their books. Take the night off, sit back, and enjoy some of the best new poetry produced in the state of Utah. This event will begin at 7:00 p.m.