Join us at BABES OF CARYTOWN (3166 W. Cary St., Richmond, VA 23221) for a book reading with Allison Titus, author of The True Book of Animal Homes, Wendy DeGroat, author of Beautiful Machinery, and Jensen Beach, author of Swallowed by the Cold. This event is free and open to the public.
About The True Book of Animal Homes: Allison Titus's newest poetry collection, The True Book of Animal Homes, is obsessed with animal and human alike, and how each one of us makes our home in the stations we hold—from the wilds of southern brambles to a desk in an office cubicle. This book ponders the question: how much wildness are we allowed in this life, and how do we claim that wildness? The poems of The True Book of Animal Homes leap and scurry after the truth on all fours, devouring us with sharp language and brave new forms.
About the Author: Allison Titus lives in Richmond, VA. Her debut novel, The Arsonist’s Song Has Nothing To Do With Fire, was recently published (Etruscan Press, 2014) and a new book of poems, The True Book of Animal Homes, is forthcoming from Saturnalia Press. Her first book of poems is Sum of every lost ship (CSU Poetry Center, 2010) and a chapbook, Instructions From the Narwhal, won the BOOM chapbook prize and was published by Bateau Press in 2007. Recent poems have appeared in A Public Space, Boston Review, Blackbird, Gulf Coast and Tin House. She co-edits the poetry journal Handsome, and in 2011 was awarded a poetry fellowship from the NEA.
About Beautiful Machinery: "Wendy DeGroat’s Beautiful Machinery is a fine collection of intelligent, witty and moving poetry. She is direct without ever being simple. Her ear is excellent and she creates webs of sound. She writes love poems that are sensual and never sentimental. These poems bring you in contact with someone you want to know."
—Marge Piercy, award-winning author of a memoir, 17 novels, and 19 books of poetry, most recently Made in Detroit
About the Author: Wendy grew up in the Appalachian foothills of northern New Jersey and western Virginia, and now lives in Richmond, where she works as a librarian, teaches writing workshops, and curates poetryriver.org, a resource site for documentary poetry and for diversifying the poetry taught in high school and undergraduate classrooms.
About Swallowed by the Cold: The intricate, interlocking stories of Jensen Beach's extraordinarily poised story collection are set in a Swedish village on the Baltic Sea as well as in Stockholm over the course of two eventful years.
In Swallowed by the Cold, people are besieged and haunted by disasters both personal and national: a fatal cycling accident, a drowned mother, a fire on a ferry, a mysterious arson, the assassination of the Swedish foreign minister, and, decades earlier, the Soviet bombing of Stockholm. In these stories, a drunken, lonely woman is convinced that her new neighbor is the daughter of her dead lover; a one-armed tennis player and a motherless girl reckon with death amid a rainstorm; and happening upon a car crash, a young woman is unaccountably drawn to the victim, even as he slides into a coma and her marriage falls into jeopardy.
Again and again, Beach's protagonists find themselves unable to express their innermost feelings to those they are closest to, but at the same time they are drawn to confide in strangers. In its confidence and subtle precision, Beach’s prose evokes their reticence but is supple enough to reveal deeper passions and intense longing. Shot through with loss and the regret of missed opportunities, Swallowed by the Cold is a searching and crystalline book by a startlingly talented young writer.
About Jensen Beach: Jensen Beach is the author of two story collections, most recently Swallowed by the Cold (Graywolf). He holds an MFA in fiction from the Program for Poets and Writers at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, as well as an MA and BA in English from Stockholm University. He teaches in the BFA program at Johnson State College, where he is the fiction editor at Green Mountains Review. He’s also a faculty member in the MFA Program in Writing & Publishing at Vermont College of Fine Arts. His writing has appeared recently in A Public Space, the Paris Review, and The New Yorker. He’s a former webeditor at Hobart. He lives in Vermont with his wife and children.