Columbus: Harriet Levin Millan & Jill Bialosky
Join us Thursday, April 18th at 7pm at Book Culture on Columbus for a reading to celebrate the recent release of My Oceanography, by Harriet Levin Millan, and Poetry Will Save Your Life, by Jill Bialosky.
About My Oceanography:
Levin plunges into psychic depths to confront desire, fear and loss. These poems expand borders as her language strives toward transcendence. The life and work of post-minimalist sculptor Eva Hesse serves as a starting point, yet these poems extend far beyond ekphrasis in their imaginative renderings of Hesse's life against the demands of her art. In exploring the persona's struggle to create art, Levin's poems engage the reader and connect us to the demands of work, marriage and the everyday.
About Poetry Will Save Your Life:
For Jill Bialosky, certain poems stand out like signposts at pivotal moments in a life: the death of a father, adolescence, first love, leaving home, the suicide of a sister, marriage, the birth of a child, the day in New York City the Twin Towers fell. As Bialosky narrates these moments, she illuminates the ways in which particular poems offered insight, compassion, and connection, and shows how poetry can be a blueprint for living. In Poetry Will Save Your Life, Bialosky recalls when she encountered each formative poem, and how its importance and meaning evolved over time, allowing new insights and perceptions to emerge.
Harriet Levin’s new poetry collection My Oceanography reads like “Furies on fire,” (Book Club Babble). She is the author of two previous collections, The Christmas Show, which was chosen by Eavan Boland for the Barnard New Women Poets Prize, and Girl in Cap and Gown, a National Poetry Series Finalist. She is also the author of the debut novel, How Fast Can You Run, A Novel Based on the Life of Michael Majok Kuch, which came out of a project she founded to reunite Lost Boys and Girls of Sudan with their mothers living abroad and was excerpted in The Kenyon Review and profiled on NPR. Other book prizes include The Poetry Society of America’s Alice Fay di Castagnola Award, A PEW Fellowship in the Arts Discipline Award, The Ellen LaForge Memorial Poetry Prize and Nimrod International’s Pablo Neruda Prize. Her writing has appeared widely in journals such as The Academy of American Poets Poem-A-Day, Ploughshares, The Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, Plume and The Kenyon Review. She holds a MFA from the University of Iowa and teaches creative writing and directs the Certificate Program in Writing and Publishing at Drexel University.
Jill Bialosky's newest memoir is Poetry Will Save Your Life. She is the author of four acclaimed collections of poetry, most recently The Players; three critically acclaimed novels, most recently, The Prize, and a New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, O Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, and Paris Review among others. She co-edited with Helen Schulman the anthology, Wanting a Child. She is an Executive Editor and Vice President at W. W. Norton & Company. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry.