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Thursday, 19 March 2015

Tonight! Megan Fernandes launches The Kingdom and After

Join us tonight at 7:00 p.m. to celebrate the launch of Megan Fernandes’ debut poetry collection, The Kingdom and After, from Tightrope Books! 

Mike Spry will host the evening, which will feature readings by Megan Fernandes and Lisa Hiton. There will be door prizes, refreshments, mingling, and books for sale!

From Tanzania to Portugal, from India to Iraq, The Kingdom and After charts the 21st century imaginative echo of empire and displacement in our current moment of terror and globalization. Sometimes written in frank, shrunken lines and other times exploding with surrealist, jurassic imagery, the poems witness an associative mind leaping from bone temples in Tanga to the pumiced surface of extraterrestrial oceans, from a panic attack in Mumbai to the tumbling spirits of the Big Sur coastline. The book is a collection of poetry that is both lyrical and politically relevant, a meditation on sexuality and imperialism, on what may remain "after" the era of Kingdoms and Kinghood.

“Her fresh, embracing imagination attends to several continents, many languages and cultures, with the originality of one who looks at a piano from below, seeing the ‘woody spirit of the instrument,’ its cavern and brackets, attentive to the sound of ‘the chimptas, fire gongs with bells’ and ‘the swampy Goa.’ A book of pleasures, wild inventions and profound clarity.”
—Robert Pinsky, Poet Laureate of the United States (1997-2000)

"In these limpid poems, Megan Fernandes finds her way back to roots and origins, even as she charts our many topographical, dreamed, amatory, and atomic detours. ‘Touch everything,’ she entreats, ‘Tell me about the broken terrain.’ It is the poem’s job to graph and weave from here to there and back again, and this she does, returning with much-needed news of our follies and fortunes."
Eleni Sikelianos, author of Body Clock and The California Poem

“Megan Fernandes’ poems sizzle with imagination and wordplay. Crab nebula, astroid octopi, wild orchids, Baudelaire and Faulkner, “measles, beetles, and boxed apple juice”—there’s nothing her poems can’t celebrate and combine in spicy variations. But at their core, Fernandes places elemental nourishment. In dazzle and darkness, in frolic and sober assessment, these poems craft shapes that matter.”
Rosanna Warren, Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets (1999-2005)

American-Canadian poet, Megan Fernandes, is the poetry editor of the Strangers in Paris anthology and the author of two chapbooks of poetry: Organ Speech (Corrupt Press) and Some Citrus Makes Me Blue (Dancing Girl Press). Her work has been published or is forthcoming with Black Lawrence Press, the Boston Review, Rattle, Guernica, Memorious, and Redivider, among others. She earned her PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara, and her MFA in poetry from Boston University. Currently, she is a Visiting Assistant Professor of English at Concordia University in Montreal.

We'll have an opening reading by the terrifically talented, Lisa Hiton. Lisa Hiton is a filmmaker and poet from Chicago. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Boston University and an M.Ed. in Arts in Education from Harvard University. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in The Paris-American, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Linebreak, The Literary Review, and Pank among others. She has received the Esther B Kahn Scholarship from 24Pearl Street at the Fine Arts Work Center and two nominations for the Pushcart Prize. Her current book manuscript was a semi-finalist for the Brittingham and Felix Pollack Poetry Prize (UWisc Press). She is a current finalist for the George Bennett Fellowship.


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