January 2, 2013, 7:00-9:00 pm: Dawn McGuire and Lynne Knight
Dawn McGuire‘s latest book, The Aphasia Cafe (IF SF Publishing) explores issues of language and identity informed by her practice and research as a neurologist. Former California Poet Laureate, Carol Muske-Dukes, called it “a brave cluster of ‘teachable moments’ ” in which “[l]anguage and consciousness, in poetry and in neurological alteration, what we express and what becomes inexpressible but still insistent in us — becomes the final acknowledgement of poetry’s power.” The author of two earlier collections, Sleeping in Africa and Hands On, McGuire has had poems in several literary journals, as well as the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and the Journal of American Neurology. Among her awards and honors are the 2011 Sarah Lawrence/Campbell Corner Academy of Language Exchange Poetry Prize for “poems that treat larger themes with lyric intensity,” and the 2007 Erskine J. Poetry Prize from Smartish Pace. She is Adjunct Professor of Neurology at the Neurosciences Institute of Morehouse School of Medicine, and holds a Master of Divinity degree from Union Theological Seminary.
Lynne Knight‘s most recent collection, Again, (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2009) was praised by Grace Schulman for its “luminous and musical” poems, and by Laure-Anne Bosselaar for the “exquisite clarity of its imagery and its profound, fervent tone.” Her earlier collections include Dissolving Borders (Quarterly Review of Literature Prize, 1996), The Book of Common Betrayals (Dorothy Brunsman Award from Bear Star Press, 2002), and Night in the Shape of a Mirror (David Robert Books, 2006). Knight’s cycle of poems on Impressionist winter paintings, Snow Effects, appeared from Small Poetry Press as part of its Select Poets Series and has been translated into French by Nicole Courtet. Her work has appeared in Beloit Poetry Journal, Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ontario Review, Poetry, Southern Review, Umbrella, and Best American Poetry 2000 (selected by Rita Dove). She has been the recipient of the Theodore Roethke Award from Poetry Northwest, the Theodore Christian Hoepfner Award from Southern Humanities Review, the Lucille Medwick Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, a grant from the National Endowmnet for the Arts, and the 2009 RATTLE Poetry Prize.
The evening will include an open reading. Readers are encouraged (but not required) to share formal work. There will also be a brief interview with the featured readers.