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Poetry Reading with Kate Partridge & L.A. Johnson!

  • Chop Suey Books 2913 West Cary Street Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Join us for a poetry reading with Kate Partridge, author of Ends of the Earth, and L.A. Johnson, author of Little Climates. Free and open to the public. 

About the Ends of the Earth: Ends of the Earth uses the landscape of Alaska as a testing ground for love and elegy. It is a poetry collection that contains both lyric responses to the urban Alaska environment and extended sequences that cycle between autobiography, mythic allusion, and the literary archive. In her work, Kate Partridge combines the fresh perspective of a newcomer with explorations of the landscape and lifestyles through allusions to classic literature.

While the poems turn an inquisitive, contemporary lens to the subject of Alaska, elements throughout the book are influenced by twentieth-century writers like Elizabeth Bishop and Marianne Moore. The manuscript also combines personal experience with collaged material from the Epic of Gilgamesh, Walt Whitman's notebooks, and other classic sources, to investigate the ideas of love, isolation, and location. Through humor and observation, Partridge takes a new look at what it means to live in urban Alaska and the world at large.

Kate Partridge is a graduate school fellow at the University of Southern California. Her poems have appeared in Colorado ReviewBlackbirdPleiadesAlaska Quarterly Review, and Passages North.

About Little Climates: The lyric poems of Little Climates address the divisions between the self and the world, the self and the lover, and self with the self. In her debut collection, L. A. Johnson examines of the disparate spaces humans occupy in relationships: together and separately, alone and as unit. Each partner’s past, how they’ve changed, how they dream of the present—these are the little climates.

L. A. Johnson is from California. She is the author of the chapbook Little Climates(Bull City Press). She received her MFA from Columbia University and is currently pursuing her PhD in literature and creative writing from the University of Southern California, where she is a Provost’s Fellow. She's received fellowships and scholarships from the Vermont Studio Center and Sewanee Writers' Conference. Her poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in The American Poetry Review, Antioch ReviewAlaska Quarterly ReviewThe Iowa ReviewNarrative Magazine, The Southern Review, and other journals.