112th: David Rivard on "Standoff"
Join us on Wednesday, October 5th at 7pm for a joint reading and discussion with David Rivard, author of Standoff, and David Tomas Martinez, author of Hustle.
For three decades, David Rivard has written from deep within the skin of our times. With Standoff, he asks an essential question: In a world of noise, of global anxiety and media distraction, how can we speak to each other with honesty? These poems scan the shifting horizons of our world, all the while swerving elastically through the multitude of selves that live inside our memories and longings--"all those me's that wish to be set free at dawn." The work of these poems is a counterweight to the work of the world. It wants to deepen the mystery we are to ourselves, stretching toward acceptance and tenderness in ways that are hard-won and true, even if fleeting.
David Rivard's previous book, Torque, won the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize. Among his many awards are fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, and the Massachusetts Cultural Council; a Pushcard Prize, and the Celia B. Wagner award from the Poetry Society of America. He teaches at Tufts University and in the M.F.A. in Writing Program at Vermont College.
David Tomas Martinez's debut collection of poetry, Hustle, was released in 2014 by Sarabande Books, winning the New England Book Festival's prize in poetry, the Devil's Kitchen Reading Award, and honorable mention in the Antonio Cisneros Del Moral prize. He is the 2015 winner of the Verlaine Poetry Prize from Inprint. Martinez is a Pushcart winner, CantoMundo fellow, and a recipient of the Stanley P. Young Fellowship from Broadleaf. A second collection, Post Traumatic Hood Disorder, is forthcoming from Sarabande Books.