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Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic

November 30 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST

Editor Alice Quinn is joined by contributors to the anthology, Together in a Sudden Strangeness: America’s Poets Respond to the Pandemic (Knopf), for this special virtual poetry reading.

Confirmed participants so far include:

Forrest Gander
Brenda Hillman
Alice Quinn
Dean Rader
Tess Taylor
Noah Warren
Jenny Xie
Matthew Zapruder

This event will be streamed on our Crowdcast channel.

About Together in a Sudden Strangeness

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.

About Alice Quinn and the participants

Alice Quinn, the executive director of the Poetry Society of America for eighteen years, was also the poetry editor at The New Yorker from 1987 to 2007 and an editor at Alfred A. Knopf for more than ten years prior to that. She teaches at Columbia University’s School of the Arts and is the editor of a book of Elizabeth Bishop’s writings, Edgar Allan Poe & The Juke-Box: Uncollected Poems, Drafts, and Fragments, as well as a forthcoming book of Bishop’s journals. She lives in New York City and Millerton, New York.

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Date:
November 30
Time:
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm PST
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Website:
https://www.ptreyesbooks.com/event/together-sudden-strangeness

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Pt. Reyes Books
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(415) 663-1542
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