Rachel DeWoskin - "Absolute Animal" - Ydalmi Noriega

Friday, November 17, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Rachel DeWoskin


Rachel DeWoskin will discuss absolute animal. She will be joined in conversation by Ydalmi Noriega. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

Presented in partnership with Association of University Presses as part of University Press Week 2023, and with the Program in Creative Writing at the University of Chicago.

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About the book: Experimenting with time, language, and transgressing boundaries, the poems in absolute animal lean into Nabokov’s notion that precision belongs to poetry and intuition to science. Through formal poetry, DeWoskin finds sense amid disorder and unearths connections between the animal and the human, between the ancient and the contemporary, and between languages, incorporating translations from poems dating as far back as the Tang dynasty. From sonnet sequences about heart surgeries to examinations of vole romance and climate change, absolute animal investigates boundaries and invites us to consider what holds life, what lasts, what dies, and what defines and enriches the experience of being human. 

About the author: Rachel DeWoskin is the author of five critically acclaimed novels: BansheeSomeday We Will FlyBlindBig Girl Small; and Repeat After Me; and the memoir Foreign Babes in Beijing; along with the poetry collection Two Menus, also published by the University of Chicago Press. Her essays, poems, reviews, and translations have appeared in the New Yorker, Vanity Fair, Sunday Times Magazine of LondonCondĂ© Nast TravelerAsian Wall Street JournalFar Eastern Economic ReviewAgniPloughsharesNew Delta ReviewNew Orleans ReviewSeneca Review, and numerous journals and anthologies. She is on the core creative writing faculty at the University of Chicago and affiliated faculty in Jewish and East Asian Studies. DeWoskin serves on the national steering committee of Writers for Democratic Action (WDA).

About the interlocutor: Ydalmi Noriega is the vice president of programs and engagement at the Poetry Foundation. For her contributions to the community of poets and writers in Chicago, Noriega was awarded the Adam Morgan Literary Citizen Award by the Chicago Review of Books in 2019.

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