Elizabeth A. I. Powell - "Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter"

"Rarely in American poetry do we see the psyche turned loose with the kind of unrestrained wildness in Liz Powell’s new collection, Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter. In a textual mixture of memoir, mythology, lyric poetry, and postmodern interrogations, Powell makes a flying leap into the theatrical realities of her family history and her own identity. The background of this ambitious poem is America. Powell’s often brilliant dislocations and ventriloquisms have a mad velocity, abundant creative cunning, and aspire to a compassionate vision of all the characters in the theatrical chaos of one family’s life. Or as she says, with a characteristic panopticon-style logic, “The whole of America is a poem on how to read Death of a Salesman.” This is a wild, entertaining and ambitious poem." — Tony Hoagland, author of Unincorporated Persons in the Late Honda Dynasty

Elizabeth A. I. Powell discusses Willy Loman’s Reckless Daughter or Living Truthfully Under Imaginary Circumstances.

At 57th Street Books


About the author: Elizabeth A. I. Powell is also the author of The Republic of Self, a New Issue First Book Prize winner, selected by C.K. Williams. Her work has appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Black Warrior Review, Ecotone, Harvard Review, Handsome, Indiana Review, Missouri Review, Ploughshares, Post Road, and elsewhere. Powell serves as Associate Professor of Writing and Literature at Johnson State College and on the faculty of the low-residency MFA in Creative Writing at the University of Nebraska-Omaha and the Vermont College of Fine Arts MFA in Writing and Publishing.

Event Location: 
57th Street Books
1301 E. 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637