This event will be held at our Clement street location.
Please join Green Apple Books in welcoming poets Simeon Berry, author of Monograph, Rebecca Black, author of Cottonlandia, and Matthew Siegel, author of Blood Work, on Thursday, February 4th, 2016 at 7pm at our Clement St. location (506 Clement St.).
Please join us for an evening of poetry from three of the genre’s rising stars! Each poet will read their work, followed by a period of discussion.
Simeon Berry lives in Somerville, Massachusetts. He has been an Associate Editor for Ploughshares and received a Massachusetts Cultural Council Individual Artist Grant. His first book, Ampersand Revisited (Fence Books), won the 2013 National Poetry Series, and his second book, Monograph (University of Georgia Press), won the 2014 National Poetry Series.
Rebecca Black's first book, Cottonlandia, (University of Massachusetts Press, 2005), won a Juniper Prize. The book's title poem, first published in Poetry, is anthologized in From the Fishouse:An Anthology of Poems that Sing, Rhyme, Resound, Syncopate, Alliterate, and Just Plain Sound Great. Recipient of Wallace Stegner and NEA fellowships, Black has been a Stanford artist-in-residence at the Cité des Arts in Paris as well as a 2011 visiting Fulbright professor at the Seamus Heaney Center in Belfast, Northern Ireland.
Matthew Siegel's first book Blood Work won the 2015 Felix Pollak prize in poetry from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. He was a Wallace Stegner fellow at Stanford and holds degrees from the University of Houston and Binghamton University. He currently teaches literature and creative writing at San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
Written in narrow sections that blur the distinction between flash fiction and prose poetry, between memoir and meditation, Monograph veers from the elliptical to the explosive as it dissects the Gordian knot of a marriage's intellectual, sexual, and domestic lives.
The poems in Rebecca Black's first volume, Cottonlandia, move through myth and landscape, beginning in the deep South's shimmer and tar and ending in the soot and orange dolor of the California desert. Cottonlandia conjures a proto-continent where fashionable golems pose for antique photographs and nineteenth-century naturalists wander into the melee of the civil rights struggle in the South.
Blood Work reveals what happens to the self when the body is compromised by illness. These poems explore the struggle to remain whole in the shadow of Crohn’s disease and to make a home for oneself in the body and in the world.
Finalist, Poetry, Foreword Reviews IndieFab Book of the Year Awards