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Alice Quinn Presents: Together in a Sudden Strangeness—America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic
December 4, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree – $25
Please join us as we welcome Alice Quinn to discuss the new anthology she began editing as the coronavirus spread across the United States. Eight poets published in Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic (Knopf, 2020), will read their work from the anthology and participate in a Q&A. Sarah Arvio, Rick Barot, Stephanie Burt, Timothy Donnelly, Rigoberto González, Dana Levin, Carl Phillips, and Katha Pollitt will read.
ABOUT TOGETHER IN A SUDDEN STRANGENESS
In this urgent outpouring of American voices, our poets speak to us as they shelter in place, addressing our collective fear, grief, and hope from eloquent and diverse individual perspectives
As the novel coronavirus and its devastating effects began to spread in the United States and around the world, Alice Quinn reached out to poets across the country to see if, and what, they were writing under quarantine. Moved and galvanized by the response, the onetime New Yorker poetry editor and recent former director of the Poetry Society of America began collecting the poems arriving in her inbox, assembling this various, intimate, and intricate portrait of our suddenly altered reality. In these pages, we find poets grieving for relatives they are separated from or recovering from illness themselves, attending to suddenly complicated household tasks or turning to literature for strength, considering the bravery of medical workers or working their own shifts at the hospital, and, as the Black Lives Matter movement has swept the globe, reflecting on the inequities in our society that amplify sorrow and demand our engagement. From fierce and resilient to wistful, darkly humorous, and emblematically reverent about the earth and the vulnerability of human beings in frightening times, the poems in this collection find the words to describe what can feel unspeakably difficult and strange, providing wisdom, companionship, and depths of feeling that enliven our spirits.
CONTRIBUTING POETS IN THE ANTHOLOGY:
Julia Alvarez Sarah Arvio Jesse Ball Rick Barot Ellen Bass Erin Belieu Joshua Bennett Jill Bialosky Sophie Cabot Black Traci Brimhall Stephanie Burt Ama Codjoe Catherine Cohen Elizabeth Coleman Billy Collins Nicole Cooley Peter Cooley Timothy Donnelly Cornelius Eady John Freeman Forrest Gander Suzanne Gardinier Deborah Garrison Tammy Melody Gomez Rigoberto Gonzalez George Green Linda Gregerson Eliza Griswold Julia Guez Nathalie Handal Brooks Haxton Aleksandar Hemon Edward Hirsch Jane Hirshfield Richie Hofmann Garrett Hongo Fanny Howe Didi Jackson Major Jackson Fady Joudah Stephen Kampa Vincent Katz Susan Kinsolving Ron Koertge John Koethe Yusef Komunyakaa Li-Young Lee Dana Levin Ada Limón Dave Lucas Amit Majmudar Gail Mazur Shane McCrae Maureen McLane Dante Michaux Susan Minot Susan Mitchell Kamilah Aisha Moon Jim Moore Tomás Q. Morin Laura Mullen Carol Muske-Dukes Eileen Myles D. Nurkse John Okrent Kitty O’Meara Ron Padgett Sarah Paley Carl Phillips Patrick Phillips Rowan Ricardo Phillips Katha Pollitt Dean Rader ClareRossini Mary Jo Salter Grace Schulman Vijay Seshadri Diane Seuss Evie Shockley Elizabeth Spires Tess Taylor Anne Waldman Rex Wilder Jenny Xie Matthew Zapruder