Date & Time
Wednesday, November 7, 2018
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Join us for a reading and discussion with Grady Chambers and Rachel Z. Arndt, authors of "North American Stadiums" and "Beyond Measure: Essays," respectively. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.
At 57th Street Books
About "North American Stadiums": Winner of the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize, "North American Stadiums" is an assured debut collection about grace—the places we search for it, and the disjunction between what we seek and where we arrive.
“You were supposed to find God here / the signs said.” In these poems, hinterlands demand our close attention; overlooked places of industry become sites for pilgrimage; and history large and small—of a city, of a family, of a shirt—is unearthed. Here is a factory emptying for the day, a snowy road just past border patrol, a baseball game at dusk. Mile signs point us toward Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Salt Lake City, Chicago. And god is not the God expected, but the still moment amid movement: a field “lit like the heart / of the night,” black stars stitched to the yellow sweatshirts of men in a crowd.
A map “bleached / pale by time and weather,” "North American Stadiums" is a collection at once resolutely unsentimental yet deeply tender, illuminating the historical forces that shape the places we inhabit and how those places, in turn, shape us.
About Grady Chambers: Grady Chambers was born and raised in Chicago. He was a Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, attended the MFA program at Syracuse University, and has received fellowships from the Norman Mailer Center and the New York State Summer Writers Institute. His writing has appeared in Diode Poetry; Forklift, Ohio; Ninth Letter, New Ohio Review, and elsewhere. He currently lives in Philadelphia. "North American Stadiums" is his first book of poems.
About "Beyond Measure": With mordant humor and penetrating intellect, Rachel Z. Arndt casts her gaze beyond event-driven narratives to the machinery underlying them: judo competitions measured in weigh-ins and wait times; the significance of the elliptical’s stationary churn; the standardized height of kitchen countertops; the rote scripts of dating apps; the stupefying sameness of the daily commute. “How much can data tell us?” Arndt asks, challenging us to consider the simultaneous comfort and absurdity of our exhaustively quantified—yet never entirely quantifiable—lives.
About Rachel Z. Arndt: Rachel Z. Arndt is the author of the essay collection "Beyond Measure" (Sarabande, 2018). She received MFAs in nonfiction and poetry from the University of Iowa, where she was an Iowa Arts Fellow and nonfiction editor of the Iowa Review. Her writing has appeared in Popular Mechanics, Quartz, The Believer, Fast Company, and elsewhere. She lives in Chicago.