CANCELLED - Arne Weingart - "Unpractical Thinking" - Rosellen Brown

Friday, March 20, 2020 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Arne Weingart

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

“His poems offer the pleasures of the intellect (“I prefer / to no longer speak in metaphors. / Nothing is like anything else anymore”) but are also full of the pleasures of the heart (as we still like to say) as the poet continues “singing / to his own kind.” Unpractical Thinking bristles with thorny wisdom and helpless affection." – Michael Waters, author of Deans of Discipline and Celestial Joyride

Arne Weingart will read from and discuss his poetry collection, Unpractical Thinking. He will be joined in discussion by Rosellen Brown. A Q&A and signing will follow the event.

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At the Co-op

About the bookUnpractical Thinking offers a poetic voice that seeks engagement with the world in plainspoken language, yet opens a door to the complications and contradictions of any current moment. There is irony, occasionally humor, and often metaphysical astonishment that consistently unfold in the tension between form and content, syntax and stanza. The poems are accessible, but, as a measure of how well they work, they can leave you changed as you leave them.

About the author: Arne Weingart’s work is broadly published in journals and reviews and has been anthologized and nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He is the winner of the 2019 Robert Frost Foundation Poetry Competition. His first book, Levitation for Agnostics, was the winner of the 2014 New American Press Poetry Prize. He lives in Chicago with his wife Karen, where he is the principal of a graphic design firm specializing in architectural graphics and wayfinding. He holds a B.A. in German and Comparative Literature from Dartmouth College and an M.F.A. in Writing from Columbia University. He has been awarded writing residencies at the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Vermont Studio Center, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, and has been a featured panelist/reader at the Southern Festival of Books and the Frost Farm Poetry Conference.

About the interlocutor: Rosellen Brown is the author of eleven books, most recently the novel The Lake on Fire (from which she read at SemCoop in 2018.) Among her six novels are Before and After, Half a Heart and Civil Wars, and she has published three collections of poetry, most recently Cora Fry’s Pillow Book. She teaches in the MFA writing program at the School of the Art Institute.

Event Location: 
Seminary Co-op Bookstore
5751 S. Woodlawn Ave.
Chicago, IL 60637