Join us for an in-person Saturday afternoon with award-winning poets Mikko Harvey and Nina MacLaughlin who will read and engage in a Q & A about their inspirations and craft. (This event was rescheduled from March 5).
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Mikko Harvey reads from his second poetry collection Let the World Have You (House of Anansi Press, 2022) which poet Jane Hirshfield has described as a book that “spills over with unexpected precisions of perception and saying. Sometimes aphoristic, sometimes surreal, sometimes Chekhovian, these pages have kept surprising me. Oddity and depth of feeling marry, equal partners in a sui generis voice. The sentences’ knifework slips between the ribs so deftly that the reader almost doesn’t notice—until they do.”
Mikko Harvey is also the author of the poetry collection Unstable Neighbourhood Rabbit (House of Anansi, 2018), as well as two collaborative chapbooks: Idaho Falls (SurVision Books, 2019), which was written with Jake Bauer, and SkyMall (above/ground press, 2020), which was written with Ashley Yang-Thompson. A graduate of Vassar College and The Ohio State University, Harvey has received the RBC/PEN Canada New Voices Award and the Philip Booth Poetry Prize, as well as fellowships from MacDowell and Yaddo. He currently lives in Northampton, Massachusetts. www.mikkoharvey.com
Nina MacLaughlin reads from her series of intimate lyric essays describing the moods of sky gazing, the dawn, the moon, and the solstices published in The Paris Review Daily and from Summer Solstice: An Essay (Black Sparrow, 2020) which “ultimately renders the season a kind of wildly faceted mirror for both life and death, procreation and decay. And yet the fun stuff, MacLaughlin reminds us on every page, lies between such extremes,” writes poet Kim Adrian for The Rumpus.
Nina MacLaughlin is also the author of Wake, Siren: Ovid Resung (FSG/FSG Originals), a re-telling of Ovid’s Metamorphoses told from the perspective of the female figures transformed. Her first book was the acclaimed memoir Hammer Head: The Making of a Carpenter (W.W. Norton). Formerly an editor at the Boston Phoenix, she worked for nine years as a carpenter, and is now a books columnist for the Boston Globe. Her work has appeared on or in The Paris Review Daily, The Virginia Quarterly Review, n+1, The Believer, The New York Times Book Review, Agni, American Short Fiction, the Los Angeles Review of Books, the Wall Street Journal, Meatpaper, and elsewhere. She carves spoons and lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts. http://www.ninamaclaughlin.com/
This series is sponsored by the Friends of the Concord Free Public Library.