Cullen Purser giving a talk on the craftsman’s dilemma.
FRIDAY, APRIL 26TH
Steven Dunn, T. J. Gerlach & Jennifer Rane Hancock (reading) | 7pm
ABOUT STEVEN DUNN — Steven Dunn is the author of the novels Potted Meat (Tarpaulin Sky Press, 2016) and water & power (Tarpaulin Sky 2018). He was born and raised in West Virginia, and after 10 years in the Navy, he earned a B.A. in Creative Writing from the University of Denver. Some of his work can be found in Columbia Journal, Granta Magazine, and Best Small Fictions 2018. For more information about Steven Dunn, please visit: http://www.stevencdunn.com
ABOUT T. J. GERLACH — T.J. Gerlach is a Professor at Colorado Mesa University where he teaches creative writing and literature. He has an MFA from the University of Utah and a PhD from the University of Denver. His work has appeared in, among other places, Juked, Flash Fiction Magazine, Aethlon, Shark Reef, Press, Literal Latte, The Wisconsin Review, Mid-American Review, Fiction Southeast, Think Journal and The Review of Contemporary Fiction. His first collection of short stories and flash fiction, CAMOUFLAGE, was published by Lithic Press in 2018. He lives in Grand Junction, Colorado with his wife, the poet Jennifer Hancock.
ABOUT JENNIFER RANE HANCOCK — Jennifer Rane Hancock is the author of Between Hurricanes (Lithic Press). Her poems have appeared in several journals, including the Antioch Review, Spoon River Poetry Review, Crab Orchard Review, and Puerto del Sol. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by the editors of Third Coast, and was a finalist for the Wabash Prize from the Sycamore Review. She lives in Grand Junction, Colorado, where she serves on the city’s Commission on Arts and Culture and leads a monthly poetry group at the Mesa County Public Library. Jennifer teaches writing and literature at Colorado Mesa University.
SATURDAY, MAY 4TH
Lithic Book Club Discussion: H is for Hawk by Helen Macdonald (discussion) | 2pm
ABOUT H IS FOR HAWK — Helen Macdonald’s story of adopting and raising one of nature’s most vicious predators has soared into the hearts of millions of readers worldwide. Fierce and feral, her goshawk Mabel’s temperament mirrors Helen’s own state of grief after her father’s death, and together raptor and human “discover the pain and beauty of being alive” (People). H Is for Hawk is a genre-defying debut from one of our most unique and transcendent voices.
ABOUT HELEN MACDONALD — Helen Macdonald was educated at Cambridge University.She was a Research Fellow at Jesus College, Cambridge from 2004 to 2007. She is an Affiliated Research Scholar at the Department of History and Philosophy of Science, University of Cambridge. Macdonald has written and narrated radio programmes, and appeared in the BBC Four documentary series, Birds Britannia, in 2010. Her books include Shaler’s Fish (2001), Falcon (2006), and H is for Hawk (2014).
Macdonald won the 2014 Samuel Johnson Prize for non-fiction for H is for Hawk. The book—which also became a Sunday Times best-seller—describes the year Macdonald spent after the death of her father Alisdair Macdonald, training a Northern goshawk named Mabel, and includes biographical material about the naturalist and writer T. H. White.
Macdonald also helped make the film “10 X Murmuration” with filmmaker Sarah Wood as part of a 2015 exhibition at the Brighton festival. In “H is for Hawk: a New Chapter”, part of BBC’s Natural World series in 2017, she trained a new goshawk chick.
FRIDAY, MAY 10TH
Charles Alexander & Danny Rosen
(poetry reading) | 7pm
ABOUT CHARLES ALEXANDER — Charles Alexander is an American poet, publisher, and book artist. He is the director and editor-in-chief of Chax Press, one of the only independent presses which specializes in innovative poetry and the book arts. Alexander also served as the Director of the Minnesota Center for the Book Arts from 1993 until 1995, and as book artist there through 1996. Alexander lives in Tucson, AZ with his wife the visual artist Cynthia Miller and his two daughters. He is the recipient of the 2006 Arizona Arts Award. Alexander’s books of poetry include Hopeful Buildings (Chax Press, 1990), arc of light | dark matter (Segue Books, 1992), Pushing Water: parts one through six (Standing Stones Press, Morris, MN, 1998), Pushing Water: part seven (Chax Press, Tucson), Four Ninety Eight to Seven (Meow Press, 1996), Etudes: D & D (Quarry Press, 1997), near or random acts (Singing Horse Press, 2004), and Certain Slants (Junction Press, 2007). He is also the editor of an important collection of essays on the book arts that emanated from the symposium Art & Language: Re-Reading the Book Arts, that he organized for Minnesota Center for the Book Arts in 1994. The book was titled Talking the Boundless Book. Alexander is an eclectic poet whose influences include b.p.nichol, Edward Dorn, Paul Metcalf, Hannah Weiner, Stan Brakhage, Ronald Johnson, and especially the Black Mountain poets Robert Duncan, Charles Olson, and Robert Creeley. Since 1997 he has been working on a long serial poem entitled Pushing Water which is still in process.
ABOUT DANNY ROSEN — Danny Rosen founded Lithic Press and Lithic Bookstore. He is the author of Primate Poems, Ghosts of Giant Kudu, and That Curve. His poems have appeared in Pilgrimage, San Pedro River Review, Comstock Review, Fruita Pulp, Malpais Reveiw and elsewhere. He lives among dogs in the desert of western Colorado.
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