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Date & Time

Saturday, June 22, 2019
6:00 PM

Location

Seminary Co-op Bookstore

Admission

Free and open to the public

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Seminary Co-op Bookstore
(773) 752-4381
events@semcoop.com

Description

Alison Rollins discusses "Library of Small Catastrophes." She will be joined in conversation by Tara Betts. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

At the Co-op

About the book: "Library of Small Catastrophes," Alison Rollins’ ambitious debut collection, interrogates the body and nation as storehouses of countless tragedies. Drawing from Jorge Luis Borges’ fascination with the library, Rollins uses the concept of the archive to offer a lyric history of the ways in which we process loss. “Memory is about the future, not the past,” she writes, and rather than shying away from the anger, anxiety, and mourning of her narrators, Rollins’ poetry seeks to challenge the status quo, engaging in a diverse, boundary-defying dialogue with an ever-present reminder of the ways race, sexuality, spirituality, violence, and American culture collide.

About the author: Alison C. Rollins, born and raised in St. Louis city, currently works as a Librarian for the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. She is a 2019 National Endowment for the Arts Literature fellow. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in "American Poetry Review," "Hayden’s Ferry Review," "Meridian," "Missouri Review," "The Offing," "Poetry," "The Poetry Review," "River Styx," "Solstice," "TriQuarterly," "Tupelo Quarterly," "Vinyl," and elsewhere. A Cave Canem and Callaloo fellow, she is also a 2016 recipient of the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Fellowship. In 2018 she was the recipient of a Rona Jaffe Writers' Award. Her debut poetry collection, "Library of Small Catastrophes," is forthcoming Spring 2019 with Copper Canyon Press.

About the interlocutor: Tara Betts is the author of "Break the Habit" and "Arc & Hue" as well as the chapbooks "7 x 7: kwansabas" and "THE GREATEST!: An Homage to Muhammad Ali." Tara holds a Ph.D. from Binghamton University and a MFA from New England College. She is part of the MFA faculty at Chicago State University and Stonecoast-University of Southern Maine.