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"Reclamation: Essays" Chapbook Release and Reading Event

  • Literarary Arts 925 Southwest Washington Street Portland, OR, 97205 United States (map)

On Thursday December 1st, Oregon Book Award-winning author Cari Luna and I will tunnel through subterranean narratives and themes, seeking sources of light in words and literary community. I'll read from my new letterpress chapbook, Reclamation: Essays, which contains excerpts from a larger hybrid memoir-in-progress. Reclamation braids personal memoir with research in geology, exploitative mining practices, and buried memories. Through a series of lyrical meditations, protestations, and poetic unearthing, these essays explore the possibility of reclaiming what's been lost after large-scale disasters and more personal forms of trauma/abuse. 

Excavating the memories and experiences in this project has been grueling at times, and now I'm surprised (though not happily) by the way some of the project's inquiries and themes resonate with current political events. 

Cari Luna will also read new work from her current novel-in-progress, Goodbye to the Little Girl Tree. The novel draws from Hamlet and the themes and moods of Nick Cave's music to explore grief, loss, family secrets—and ghosts—on a present-day Oregon farm.

Reclamation: Essays Chapbook Release and Reading
With special guest Cari Luna
Thursday December 1st, 7:00pm
Literary Arts
925 SW Washington St