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Event Calendar
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exhibitions
September 12 - Oct 3

Exhibition: Diana Barrie and Pamela Barrie

readings & workshops
September 26

Poetry Reading: Peter Gizzi

readings & workshops
October 3

Poetry Reading: Joshua Beckman

readings & workshops
October 6

Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

exhibitions
October 6 - Sep 28

Exhibition - Ugly Duckling Presse: 25th Anniversary Celebration

performances
October 7

Alternating Currents Live: Tandem Trio

readings & workshops
October 7

Writing in the Fold: A Bookmaking & Writing Workshop with Matvei Yankelevich

readings & workshops
October 10

Community Reading: An Evening with the Wednesday Writers

readings & workshops
October 11

Poetry Reading: Tom Pickard and Mike Hauser

readings & workshops
October 12

Alms for the Bored Book Release + Cheap Wine Potluck

readings & workshops
October 14

Poetry Reading: Ken Taylor and J. Peter Moore

performances
October 18

Formations Series for New & Improvised Music

readings & workshops
October 20

Poetry Reading: Soham Patel and Lauren Russell 

readings & workshops
October 25

Poetry Reading: Urban Echo Poets + Open Mic

readings & workshops
October 28

Poetry Reading: Kathleen A. Dale, Louisa Loveridge Gallas, Judith Harway, and Bill Murtaugh

readings & workshops
November 30

Poetry Reading: Anna Vitale and Daniel Owen

film & video
December 14

Film Screening: Riverwest Film & Video by Emir Cakaroz

Archived readings & workshops
Jun 20 Saturday, June 20
7:00pm, Give What You Can

 

A reading to celebrate the publication of Devin Johnston’s Far-Fetched (FSG, 2015) and Nate Klug’s Anyone (U of Chicago, 2015).

 

Photo: Juno
Gemes

 Born in 1970, Devin Johnston spent his childhood in North Carolina. He is the author of four    

 previous books of poetry and two books of prose, including Creaturely and Other Essays. He works for Flood  Editions, an independent publishing house, and teaches at Saint Louis University  in Missouri.

 

"Far-Fetched figures the lyric poet as a weaver of glimmering, delicate threads of thought gathered from otherwise overlooked moments of experience. Johnston is quiet, expert. Each poem holds in balance a lapidary concision and utter lushness of vowel-work." —Ange Mlinko, author of Marvelous Things Overheard

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Nate Klug is the author of Rude Woods, a modern translation of Virgil’s Eclogues (The Song Cave, 2013), and Anyone, a book of poems (Chicago, 2015). He works as an UCC-Congregationalist minister and has served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, and California.

 

"Klug's poems are like containers catching rain, ping by ping, they have perfect sound patterns made by the formation of a water they create themselves falling in." —Fanny Howe 


 

An Epoch

 

Each streetlight declares an absence

where it pools, a square of sidewalk

poured long ago and still engraved

with the burr of a trowel

and rough swirls of a broom,

the curb edge sprayed

with neon glyphs of hook and arrow

that do not pertain to us.

Only the light’s vapor has changed

from mercury to sodium,

a spectral shift from blue to orange.

Matte black, a lone beetle

churns across the concrete

beneath its upturned shield.

 

        —Devin Johnston

 

 

Parade

 

As with this Jet Ski family

         braiding the lake

with bigger and bigger shocks

until the one

         car-sized one

cuts his engine

and, following him, for an instant

         they all coast

through silences

of self-made

         rain—

 

how much is required now

                    to carve,

out of the general

livable quiet,

         independence?

 

        —Nate Klug