Date & Time
Wednesday, January 15, 2020
57th Street Books
Free and open to the public
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
Elizabeth Bradfield and Stephanie Soileau discuss their books "Toward Antarctica" and "Last One Out Shut Off the Lights." A Q&A and signing will follow their discussion.
This event is presented in partnership with the the Program on the Global Environment and the Program in Creative Writing
At 57th Street Books
About "Toward Antarctica": Poet-naturalist Elizabeth Bradfield’s fourth collection, "Toward Antarctica", documents and queries her work as a guide on ships in Antarctica, offering an incisive insider’s vision that challenges traditional tropes of The Last Continent. Inspired by haibun, a stylistic form of Japanese poetry invented by 17th-century poet, Matsuo Bashō to chronicle his journeys in remote Japan, Bradfield uses photographs, compressed prose, and short poems to examine our relationship to remoteness, discovery, expertise, awe, labor, temporary societies, “pure” landscapes, and tourism’s service economy. Antarctica was the focus of Bradfield’s "Approaching Ice," written before she had set foot on the continent; now "Toward Antarctica" furthers her investigation with boots on the ground. A complicated love letter, "Toward Antarctica" offers a unique view of one of the world’s most iconic wild places.
About "Last One Out Shut Off the Lights": "Last One Out" is a vivid and evocative portrait of the last-chance towns of southern Louisiana, where oil development, industrial pollution, dying wetlands, and the ever-present threat of devastating hurricanes have eroded their inhabitants' sense of home. These stories feature characters struggling to find a foothold in a world that is forever washing out from under them, and who must reckon with their ambivalence about belonging to a place so continually in flux.
About the Elizabeth Bradfield: Elizabeth Bradfield is the author of the four books, most recently "Toward Antarctica," and her work has been published in "The New Yorker," "Kenyon Review," "Poetry," "The Atlantic Monthly," and elsewhere. Her honors include the Audre Lorde Prize from the Publishing Triangle, a Stegner fellowship, and a Bread Loaf scholarship. Founder of Broadsided Press, she works as a naturalist/guide locally as well as on expedition ships and teaches creative writing at Brandeis University.
About the Stephanie Soileau: Stephanie Soileau's collection of short stories "Last One Out Shut Off the Lights" is forthcoming from Little, Brown & Co. in Summer 2020. Her work has also appeared in "Glimmer Train," "Oxford American," "Ecotone," "Tin House," "New Stories from the South," and other journals and anthologies, and has been supported by fellowships from the Wallace Stegner Fellowship Program at Stanford University and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She holds an MFA from the Iowa Writers' Workshop and has taught creative writing at the Art Institute of Chicago, Stanford University, and the University of Southern Maine. She now teaches at the University of Chicago.