Thea Goodman - "The Invented Mother" - Rachel DeWoskin

Thursday, November 9, 2023 - 6:00pm - 7:00pm
Event Presenter/Author: 
Thea Goodman



Thea Goodman will discuss Invented Mother.  She will be joined in conversation by Rachel DeWoskin. A Q&A and signing will follow the discussion.

This event will be held in person at The Seminary Co-op.


About the book: The poems in The Invented Mother explore cultural notions and daily realities of our most elemental relationships, gender, sexuality, nature and creation. These poems are full of wonder: what is a mother? What is natural and what is constructed? How do words define us? Here, acts of care, creativity and violent disruption begin with awe in the physical world. Written in various forms, animals, food, color and light animate verse that evokes the mysteries of love on a changing planet.

About the author:  Thea Goodman is a poet, novelist and educator in Chicago and was a Visiting Faculty Member at The University of Chicago from 2016-2019. The Invented Mother (Finishing Line Press 2023) was a finalist on The New Women's Voices Competition 2022. The Sunshine When She's Gone, a novel, (Henry Holt) appeared in 2013 to critical acclaim. Her short works have been published in New England Review, Columbia, The Rumpus, The Brooklyn Review among many other venues and were featured in The New York Public Library's Digital Archive 2019. A recipient of The Columbia Fiction Award and a Pushcart Prize Special Mention, she serves on The National Council of Graywolf Press and is at work on a new novel and new ekphrastic poems.

About the interlocutor: Rachel DeWoskin is the award-winning author of five novels, and has received a National Jewish Book Award, a Sydney Taylor Book Award, an American Library Association's Alex Award, and an Academy of American Poets Award, among others. Three of her books, Foreign Babes in Beijing, Someday We Will Fly, and Banshee, are being developed for feature film or television. DeWoskin's poems, essays, and articles have appeared in numerous journals and anthologies including The New YorkerVanity Fair, The Baffler, Ploughshares, and New Voices from the Academy of American Poets. DeWoskin is core fiction faculty at the University of Chicago and affiliated faculty in Jewish and East Asian Studies. She is on the national steering committee of Writers for Democratic Action (WDA).

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