Join us for a poetry reading and book signing with Laura Eve Engel, author of Things That Go, and Richmond based poet Joshua Poteat. Free & open to the public.
About Things That Go: Framed by a retelling of the Biblical story of Lot's wife, who looked back on the destruction of her city and was transformed into a monument of its destruction, Laura Eve Engel's muscular poems enact a long, unblinking look at symbols of American progress—trains, buildings, the vast American west—to strain against the notion of looking as passive. These poems suggest a constant and powerful movement forward as an antidote to the current moment, and to the heart's timeless struggles with itself. This ambitious debut wrestles with the ethics of love and loss, and bears witness to our collective experience of limitless looking, reminding us that "the future is coming / and we're all in it."
About Laura Eve Engel: Laura Eve Engel is the author of Things That Go (Octopus Books). The recipient of fellowships from the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center, the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Helene Wurlitzer Foundation, her work can be found in The Awl, Best American Poetry, Boston Review, The Nation, PEN America, Tin House and elsewhere. She's in a band called The Old Year.
About Joshua Poteat: Joshua Poteat’s most recent book, The Regret Histories (HarperCollins), won the 2014 National Poetry Series prize. He is also the author of Illustrating the Machine that Makes the World (University of Georgia Press) and Ornithologies (Anhinga Press) as well as three chapbooks: The Scenery of Farewell and Hello Again (Diode Editions), For the Animal (Diagram/New Michigan Press), and Meditations (Poetry Society of America). He lives in Richmond where he works as an editor of assorted texts for The Martin Agency.