Nightboat Books Offsite Reading at AWP Conference Seattle

Nightboat Books Offsite Reading at AWP Conference Seattle

Nightboat Books Reading on Thursday, February 27, 6:30-8:00pm, Arundel Books, 214 First Avenue South, Seattle
with readings by Brian Blanchfield, Gracie Leavitt, Laura Moriarty, and Brandon Som
Nightboat editors Kazim Ali and Stephen Motika will host

Please join us for an evening celebrating Nightboat Books of New York on Thursday, February 27th, from 6:30-8:0pm. This reading celebrates four new books of poetry from Nightboat Books's Spring 2014 list, including new titles by established poets Brian Blanchfield and Laura Moriarty as well as debut volumes from Gracie Leavitt and Brandon Som.

A bit about their authors and their new books:

Brian Blanchfield will read from A Several World

A highly anticipated volume from poet Brian Blanchfield. Of this new book, John Ashbery says: “The oneness of our physical and spiritual life has rarely been conveyed more accurately. Blanchfield is a talent to watch.” BRIAN BLANCHFIELD is also the author of the poetry collection Not Even Then (2004). He lives in Tucson, where he teaches at the University of Arizona.

Gracie Leavitt will read from Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star

A playful, intoxicating debut by a young poet dedicated to expanding the boundaries of lyric poetry, Monkeys, Minor Planet, Average Star, Gracie Leavitt's first full-length collection, draws on rich lyric history, the love poem as prism, in an effort to create a postmodern pastoral. GRACIE LEAVITT received her MFA from Brooklyn College and was a finalist for a 2012 Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship.

Laura Moriarty reads from Who That Divines

Who That Divines comprises short songs and puzzles and longer poems of memoir and history—all of which assert an unconventionally feminist sense of the possibility of locating the divine in language, politics, and daily life. Moriarty’s position as one of the most important writers of a postmodern lyric is confirmed by this dynamic collection that also includes the text of her experimental memoir “An Air Force.” LAURA MORIARTY is the author of more than a dozen books, including A Tonalist and A Semblance: Selected Poetry 1975–2006. She is the deputy director of Small Press Distribution in Berkeley, California.

Brandom Som read from The Tribute Horse

Nightboat Poetry Prize Winning-debut Brandon Som’s The Tribute Horse unearths strange knowledge about the ways migration acts upon and is affected by a body’s language, culture, perception and physical manifestations. “This collection of iridescent cross-cultural meditations is wildly inventive and deeply consoling from its first syllable to its last.”—David St. John. BRANDON SOM is the author of the chapbook Babel’s Moon. A PhD candidate at the University of Southern California, he lives in Los Angeles.

About Nightboat Books

Nightboat Books, a nonprofit organization, seeks to develop audiences for writers whose work resists convention and transcends boundaries, by publishing books rich with poignancy, intelligence and risk. Nightboat aims to publish works of innovative poetry and prose by emerging writers, to support the work of established writers by either re-printing out-of-print works or by publishing new work by writers who have fallen out of the mainstream or whose work has been forgotten, and to publish translations of contemporary writers working in languages other than English.