CANCELLED - New Poetry by Aaron Smith, Tony Trigilio & David Trinidad

Monday, March 23, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Aaron Smith, Tony Trigilio, and David Trinidad

**This event has been cancelled. We hope to reschedule in the coming months.**

Poets Aaron Smith, Tony Trigilio, and David Trinidad read from their latest works, The Book of Daniel, Ghosts of the Upper Floor, and Swinging on a Star.

At the Co-op

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About The Book of Daniel: A tour de force, Aaron Smith’s fourth collection of poetry, The Book of Daniel, resists the easy satisfactions of Beauty while managing the contemporary entanglements of art, sex, and grief. Part pop-thriller, part queer rage, and part mourning, these poems depict not only the complications of representation in the age of social media but a critique of identity. Taking on subjects as diverse as the literary canon, his mother’s incurable cancer diagnosis, gay bashing, celebrity gossip, bigotry, violence on TV, and Alexander McQueen’s suicide, Smith proves that the confessional lyric is not dead. In tangents as wild as they are reigned, with his characteristic blend of directness, vulnerability and humor, these poems take on the world as it is, a world we love even as it resists all intimacy.

About the author: Aaron Smith is the author of four books of poetry published by the Pitt Poetry Series: Blue on Blue Ground (2005), winner of the Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize; Appetite (2012), an NPR Great Read and finalist for the Paterson Poetry Prize; Primer (2016), a Poetry Must Read for the Massachusetts Center for the Book; and The Book of Daniel (2019). His work has appeared in such publications as Court Green, Ploughshares, and Best American Poetry 2013. His chapbooks include Men in Groups and What’s Required, winner of the Frank O’Hara Award. A three-time finalist for the Lambda Literary Award, Smith is the recipient of fellowships from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Mass Cultural Council. He has taught at West Virginia Wesleyan and is currently associate professor in Creative Writing at Lesley University in Cambridge, Massachusetts.

About Ghosts of the Upper Floor: Ghosts of the Upper Floor is a diaristic, book-length hybrid poem and an ode to lost television artifacts. It is the third installment in Tony Trigilio’s multi-volume experiment in autobiography, The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood), in which Trigilio is watching all 1,225 episodes of Dark Shadows, the gothic soap opera that ran from1966-1971. He’s composing one sentence for each episode and shaping the sentences into hybrid verse and prose forms. Each sentence becomes a document of memory and a trigger for new memories, creating an associative narrative in which recollection becomes more precise as syntax meanders. Ghosts of the Upper Floor covers 122 episodes.

About Tony Trigilio: Tony Trigilio's collections of poetry include The Complete Dark Shadows (of My Childhood), Book 1 (2014), White Noise (2013), Historic Diary (2011), and The Lama’s English Lessons (2006), which won a Three Candles First Book Award in Poetry, as well as many chapbooks. A musician as well as a poet and scholar, Trigilio earned a PhD from Northeastern University, plays in the band Pet Theories, and is a former member of Drumming on Glass.

About Swinging on a Star: This two-part collection by the beloved, award-winning poet looks at mortality, celebrity, pop culture, poetry, dreams, and otherworldliness in often disarming ways. “Bedrock at Night” (think The Flintstones) is the title poem of the first section, with tributes to Sylvia Plath, Anne Sexton, Hollywood idols, and more. The second part is an extended Neruda-esque ode to a life cut short: that of singer Buddy Holly.

About David Trinidad: David Trinidad’s latest book of poems is Swinging on a Star (2017). His other books include Notes on a Past Life (2016), Peyton Place: A Haiku Soap Opera (2013), and Dear Prudence: New and Selected Poems (2011). His Emily Dickinson divination deck, Divining Poets: Dickinson, is forthcoming from Turtle Point in 2019. Trinidad lives in Chicago, where he is a Professor of Creative Writing/Poetry at Columbia College.

Event Location: 
The Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S Woodlawn Avenue
Chicago, IL 60637