Join us for an evening with poets Bruce Bond, Yahia Lababidi, and Kurt Heinzelman. Bruce will be reading from his recently released collection, Sacrum.
Of Sacrum Rick Barot writes:
“‘The poet writes the history of his body,’ Thoreau once noted, and nothing could be truer of the work undertaken by Bruce Bond in Sacrum. Exploring the tender vulnerabilities of the body and the complicated processes of consciousness, these poems keep arriving at elegy by meditating on the vivacities that make a life: love and pain, knowledge and time, wonder and reality. All the while, as one poem’s speaker intones, ‘be one part miracle, another / blunder.’ In what is now a considerable body of work, Bond has been exploring that terrain between miracle and blunder in poems that get richer with each book. Sacrum is a superb and necessary addition to our poetry.”
Bruce Bond is the author of fifteen books. Presently he lives in Denton, Texas where he is Poetry Editor for American Literary Review and Regents Professor at the University of North Texas.
Egyptian-American thinker, poet and author of 7 books in 4 genres, Yahia Lababidi’s forthcoming book, Where Epics Fail, was featured on PBS NewsHour and is generously endorsed by Obama’s inaugural poet, Richard Blanco. Epics is to be published by Unbound(UK), in partnership with Penguin Random House and is currently available for pre-order. Prior to that, Lababidi’s Balancing Acts: New & Selected Poems (1993-2015) debuted at #1 on Amazon’s Hot New Releases. His work has appeared on NPR, Best American Poetry, AGNI, World Literature Today, On Being with Krista Tippett and Lababidi has participated in international poetry festivals throughout the USA, Eastern Europe, as well as the Middle East. Twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize, his writing has been translated into several languages, including Arabic, Hebrew, Slovak, Spanish, French, Italian, German, Dutch, and Swedish.
A native of Wisconsin, Kurt Heinzelman lived for a number of years in western Massachusetts. His work as a poet, scholar, and translator is widely published. He is also an editor, having co-founded two literary journals, The Poetry Miscellany and Bat City Review, and served as editor-in-chief of Texas Studies in Literature and Language. He lives in Austin, Texas where he is Professor of Poetry and Poetics at the University of Texas and is a faculty member in the Michener Center for Writers.