The poems in Lynn Xu's striking debut collection, Debts & Lessons, travel under the power of history's illusory engine and echo its ululations of love, violence, and lament. Named after the first part of Marcus Aurelius's Meditations, this book also finds its way across oceans and between languages, as the poet looks to the dead for guidance amid the abstractions of contemporary life.
A Night of Poetry!
Saturday, October 26, 2013 - 7:00pm
Join us Saturday, October 26th at 7:00pm in the Granny Smith Room for poets Ben Mirov, Lynn Xu, Amanda Nadelberg, and Danniel Schoonebeek as they read from their recent books and join Schoonebeek on the House of Suffering tour, his first tour in support of his forthcoming first book of poems, American Barricade.
Ben Mirov is the author of Hider Roser (Octopus Books, 2012), Ghost Machine (Caketrain, 2010) and the chapbooks My Hologram Chamber is Surrounded by Miles of Snow (YesYes, 2012), Vortexts, I is to Vorticism (New Michigan Press, 2010), and Collected Ghost (H_NGM_N, 2010). He grew up in Northern California and lives in Oakland.
Lynn Xu is the author of Debts & Lessons (Omnidawn, 2013), and her work was featured in Best American Poetry 2008, edited by Charles Wright. Her honors include a Fulbright Fellowship and a William L. Magistretti Fellowship. An editor for Canarium Books, Xu divides her time between Marfa, Texas, and Stuttgart, Germany.
Danniel Schoonebeek’s first book of poems, American Barricade, will be published in 2014 by YesYes Books. A chapbook, Family Album, is forthcoming from Poor Claudia this fall. His work has appeared or is forthcoming in Poetry, Tin House, Boston Review, Fence, Guernica, Denver Quarterly, Gulf Coast, jubilat, BOMB, Verse Daily, Drunken Boat, and elsewhere. He writes a monthly column on poetry for The American Reader, hosts the Hatchet Job reading series in Brooklyn, and edits the PEN Poetry Series. Find him here.
Amanda Nadelberg is the author of Isa the Truck Named Isadore, winner of the 2005 Slope Editions Book Prize, and a chapbook, Building Castles in Spain, Getting Married, published by the Song Cave. A recipient of grants from the Fund for Poetry and the Iowa Arts Council, she is a graduate of Carleton College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, where she was awarded a Truman Capote Fellowship and a Teaching-Writing Fellowship. Bright Brave Phenomena is her second book of poems. She lives in the Bay Area.
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Published: Omnidawn - April 2013