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An Evening with Gretchen Primack & Tim Seibles on Zoom
June 30 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree – $15
Gretchen Primack (Kind, Lantern Publishing & Media, 2021) and Tim Seibles (National Book Award finalist and former Poet Laureate of Virginia) will read from their most recent collections. They will also discuss Kind by Primack for which Seibles has written the forward.
Registration for this event is free. Donations (toward the poets’ honoraria) are encouraged and greatly appreciated, but not required. This event will take place via Zoom. The link will be sent via email at the time of registration and again the day of the event!
Award-winning poet Kazim Ali calls Kind “essential reading.” According to Primack, it’s a book “for anyone concerned about the animal world and our place in it at this environmental/social/political moment.” She added, “We have powerful art of various genres on this subject; this is an opportunity to add poetry to that list.” Winning praise from writers like Carol J. Adams (“The Sexual Politics of Meat”), Marisa Miller Wolfson (“Vegucated”), and Nickole Brown (“The Donkey Elegies”), poems in this collection include “Holstein,” written from the perspective of a cow in the dairy industry, and “Climate Change,” on the impact of humans on the world around us. Other poems involve wild animals and companion animals, among others.
Gretchen Primack is a poet, educator, and indie bookseller living in New York’s Hudson Valley. She has taught and/or administrated with prison education programs since 2006. Primack has authored three poetry collections: Kind (Lantern Publishing); Visiting Days (Willow Books), which imagines a maximum-security men’s NYS prison like the ones where she’s taught; and Doris’ Red Spaces (Mayapple Press), a more personal collection. Primack also co-authored The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals with Jenny Brown (Penguin Avery). Primack’s poetry publication credits include The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares, FIELD, Poet Lore, The Massachusetts Review, The Antioch Review, New Orleans Review, Rhino, Tampa Review, Best New Poets, and many others journals and anthologies.
Tim Seibles is the author of several poetry collections including Hurdy-Gurdy, Buffalo Head Solos, One Turn Around The Sun, and Fast Animal, which was a finalist for the 2012 National Book Award and winner of the Theodore Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize. Tim is a former NEA fellow and recipient of a fellowship from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center. Voodoo Libretto, a collection of his new and selected poems will be released later this year. He recently completed a two-year appointment as Poet laureate of Virginia.