Devin Johnston - "Dragons" - Patrick Morrissey

Thursday, May 18, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Devin Johnston

Devin Johnston will discuss Dragons. He will be joined in conversation by Patrick Morrissey

This event will be held in-person at the Seminary Co-op.  At this time, masks are required for in-store events. 


About the book: Dragons is a sonorous, sensual collection of poems from Devin Johnston, “one of the finest craftsmen of verse we have.” Attentive to both the physical world and our place within it, his arresting images of nature and human life ring with quiet power. An elegy for a ten-year-old hen; a fourth grader seeing a fox, his “fur waistcoat immaculate”; the sound of neighbors arguing set against the “pallid flames” of the setting sun. The scenes that Johnston presents come together to form a resonant, restrained meditation on life’s journey and “the feeling of time.”

About the author: Born in 1970, Devin Johnston spent his childhood in North Carolina. He is the author of seven books of poetry including Dragons, published by Farrar, Straus and Giroux in 2023. He has also published Creaturely and Other Essays, meditations on the natural world. He works as an editor of Flood Editions, a nonprofit publishing house, and he teaches at Saint Louis University in Missouri.

About the interlocutor: Patrick Morrissey is the author of Light Box (Verge Books, 2023) and two previous collections of poetry. A former poetry editor of Chicago Review, he teaches at the University of Chicago and lives in Hyde Park.

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