Dean Rader and Dana Levin poetry reading

from Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry and Banana Palace, respectively.

Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 7:00pm

In Rader’s newest work, the narrator considers the self and society as a Wikipedia page—forever unfinished, sculpted, and transformed by the ever-present push and pull of politics, culture, and American’s fluctuating national identity. Rader’s innovative voice is full of humor and inquiry, inviting readers to fully participate in the creation.

“Rader’s poetry is remarkable in that it so often simultaneously attends to the reader’s senses of emotional, rhetorical, and aesthetic urgency; his poems ask the difficult questions in accessible ways, ways rendered all the more effective via wry humor and an eye for the darkly poignant.”—Colorado Review

Dean Rader’s debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize, and the Writer’s League of Texas Book Award. His collection Landscape Portrait Figure Form was named by the Barnes & Noble Review as one of the Best Books of Poetry of the Year in 2014. Rader has published poems in a variety of magazines such as Boston Review, American Poetry Review, and Best American Poetry. He is the editor of the 2014 anthology 99 Poems for the 99 Percent: An Anthology of Poems. He writes about literature, culture and politics regularly for The San Francisco Chronicle and The Huffington Post. He is professor of English at the USF.

In her fourth collection, Dana Levin confronts the deep anxieties of our age with bemusement, incredulity, outrage, and hope. Observing the crisis of human appetite through the lenses of psychology and science fiction, she’s disquieted at a world “ruled by a bipolar father-god, unconscious, suicidal.” 

The personal meets the collective in these poems. Mutation, social media, eco-collapse, a dream of survivable End Times: no less than a future of the body is at stake, bodies corporeal and political, ecological and spiritual.

“Images that are satisfyingly clear…and excitingly inexplicable.”—Robert Pinsky, Washington Post

Dana Levin’s previous collections include In the Surgical Theatre and Sky Burial, which The New Yorker called “utterly her own and utterly riveting.” Recent poetry and essays have appeared in Best American Poetry 2015, The New York Times, Los Angeles Review of Books, Boston Review, and Poetry. Levin is a recipient of honors from the National Endowment for the Arts, PEN, the Witter Bynner Foundation and the Library of Congress, as well as the Rona Jaffe, Whiting and Guggenheim Foundations. She serves as Distinguished Writer in Residence at Maryville University in St. Louis.




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Self-Portrait as Wikipedia Entry Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595080
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - February 21st, 2017

Banana Palace Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595059
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - October 11th, 2016

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