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Juliet Patterson and Amanda Nadelberg reading

Juliet Patterson and Amanda Nadelberg
Archive Date: 
Monday, June 26, 2017

Poets Juliet Patterson and Amanda Nadelberg read from their new books at Prairie Lights Bookstore in downtown Iowa City.

Juliet Patterson reads from Threnody, her timely book of poetry lamenting climate change and extinction. These poems examine the beauty and violence of our present ecological moment with a lyric and meditative eye. “In Juliet Patterson’s sure-footed aesthetic the intellectual, physical and spiritual are woven together—the result is a world saturated by the human mind, and a mind saturated by the world. These poems are driven by a passionate grief for how we have treated this world as a dispensable other when even the reverie of prairie depends on a real bee…”— Jane Mead

Patterson is the author of The Truant Lover, winner of the Nightboat Books Poetry Prize, and the chapbooks Epilogue and Dirge. As a community activist and artist, Patterson has worked with the Walker Art Center, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, Whittier International School, United Cambodian Association of Minnesota, Minnesota Advocates for Human Rights, and Pathways Health Crisis Resource Center. She currently volunteers with Clean Energy Resource Teams, a non-advocacy group that works to strengthen communities by supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy projects. She is a regular instructor for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival, and currently lives in Minneapolis with her partner and son. This summer she is teaching for the Iowa Summer Writing Festival.

Amanda Nadelberg reads from her newest collection of poems, Songs from a Mountain. "Amanda Nadelberg’s poetry resembles a city where all kinds of things are happening at once, some of them funny and others pretty scary. The quasi-epic “Matson” takes the form of a swarm. Suddenly words, thousands of them, have accrued to this particular subject; no one knows why. Its mass is almost frightening but good to be with. Songs from a Mountain is a dizzying achievement that rings out loud and precise and clear.” —John Ashbery

Nadelberg is also the author of Bright Brave Phenomena, and Isa the Truck Named Isadore, which was the winner of the Slope Editions Book Prize. She was selected as one of the Poetry Society of America's New American Poets and has received a grant from The Fund for Poetry. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop, where she is visiting faculty this summer. She lives in Oakland, California.


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