Date & Time
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Peter Campion, Karen Fish, and Jason Sommer will discuss ONE SUMMER EVENING AT THE FALLS, NO CHRONOLOGY, and PORTULANS.
Presented in partnership with Phoenix Poets
About ONE SUMMER EVENING AT THE FALLS: The poems in this collection capture the fantastic feeling of falling in love, all while keeping eyes on its lifecycles of crashing aftermaths, lingering regrets, guilt, and renewal. Campion’s poems introduce us to a range of people, all of whom are rendered with distinctiveness and intimacy. The poems in ONE SUMMER EVENING AT THE FALLS show how each character and each moment can be worthy of love and that this love both undoes us and makes us who we are.
About Peter Campion: Peter Campion is the author of RADICAL AS REALITY: FORM AND FREEDOM IN AMERICAN POETRY and of four collections of poems, OTHER PEOPLE, THE LIONS, EL DORADO, and ONE SUMMER EVENING AT THE FALLS. His poems have appeared in publications including POETRY, SLATE, HARVARD REVIEW, KENYON REVIEW, AND NEW REPUBLIC, among others. A recipient of the Guggenheim Fellowship and the Joseph Brodsky Rome Prize, he teaches in the graduate creative writing program at the University of Minnesota.
About NO CHRONOLOGY: In NO CHRONOLOGY, Karen Fish’s third collection of poems, she investigates those moments when the boundary of everyday life merges with history, imagination, and art. Throughout this collection, Fish seeks truths about memory and loss, shame and redemption. She faces uncomfortable questions arising from our individual and collective actions, asking whether we are complicit in extinctions of species and how we reduce the humanity of prisoners by tying their identity to their crime. They offer a space to encounter lyrical meditation as an experience in and of itself.
About Karen Fish: Karen Fish is an associate professor and past chair in the Writing Department at Loyola University Maryland. She is the author of three poetry collections: THE CEDAR CANOE, WHAT IS BEYOND US, and NO CHRONOLOGY. Her poems have appeared in numerous magazines including THE NEW YORKER, NEW REPUBLIC, PARIS REVIEW, YALE REVIEW, AMERICAN POETRY REVIEW, POETRY, AND SLATE.
About PORTULANS: Taking inspiration from medieval sea charts—portulans—the poems in Jason Sommer’s collection bring a fresh variation to the ancient metaphor of life as a journey. Along the way, he considers whether art—the beauty of the map—can provide momentary meaning against a backdrop of oblivion. These are poems of searching.
About Jason Sommer: Jason Sommer is the author of five books of poetry, including THE LAUGHTER OF ADAM AND EVE and three in the Phoenix series: PORTULANS, OTHER PEOPLE'S TROUBLES, and THE MAN WHO SLEEPS IN MY OFFICE. He has also published English versions of Irish poems and two collaborative book-length translations of contemporary Chinese fiction, and his poems have appeared in publications such as the NEW REPUBLIC, PLOUGHSHARES, CHICAGO REVIEW, AGNI, RIVER STYX, and TRIQUARTERLY, among others.