Poetry Reading: Henry Israeli, Michael Robins and Abigail Zimmer

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 - 6:00pm - 7:30pm

Join us for a poetry reading with Henry Israeli, Michael Robins and Abigail Zimmer.

At the Co-op

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About Abigail Zimmer: Abigail Zimmer is the author of girls their tongues (Orange Monkey Publishing, 2017) and the chapbooks fearless as I seam (Dancing Girl Press, 2014) and child in a winter house brightening (Tree Light Books, 2016), which received the Chicago Review of Books' 2016 Poetry Award. She lives in Chicago where she is the poetry editor for The Lettered Streets Press. Her work has appeared in NightBlock, The New Megaphone, Sink Review, and alice blue review, among others.

About In Memory of Brillance & Value: In his third collection, Michael Robins unleashes the couplet to bring the pastoral past into the modern day, aligning images of grazing buffalo with those of torture and war. In the intersection between reality and imagination, with violence flowing like a river beneath us at all times, these lyric poems offer associative and sonic shifts that drive the speaker’s narrative insights. Like a mad chef on a tear, Robins concocts small poetic miracles using equal parts wonder and terror. His dishes are meticulously crafted and served up with gusto. We cannot help but relish in them.

About Michael Robins: Michael Robins is the author of In Memory of Brilliance & Value  (Saturnalia Books, 2015) and two previous collections of poetry. His poems have recently appeared or are forthcoming in Colorado Review, Diode Poetry Journal, Forklift, Ohio, Ghost Proposal, Hubbub, The Laurel Review, Parcel, Pinwheel, Tupelo Quarterly, and elsewhere

About god’s breath hovering across the waters: god’s breath hovering across the waters begins with the story of Arthur Penzias’s discovery of the echo of the big bang through a cryogenic microwave receiver and from there explodes into a meditation on the author’s mother’s untimely and tragic death. Memories, history, war, science, horror movies, space exploration, and the RCA dog are just some of the subjects that expand and contract, intersect and repel, throughout the arc of the collection.

About Henry Israeli’s: Henry Israeli’s poetry collections are god’s breath hovering across the waters, (Four Way Books: 2016), Praying to the Black Cat (Del Sol: 2010), and New Messiahs (Four Way Books: 2002). He is also the translator of three books by Albanian poet Luljeta Lleshanaku. He has been awarded fellowship grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, Canada Council on the Arts, and elsewhere. His poetry and translations have appeared in numerous journals including American Poetry Review, Boston Review, Harvard Review, The Iowa Review, as well as several anthologies. Henry Israeli is also the founder and editor of Saturnalia Books.

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