Tuesday March 10th, SMU 238, 7 - 9 pm
Q & A following the reading
Portland local Roberts is the author of Give Up, a chapbook from Tarpaulin Sky Press, and the forthcoming Something Has to Happen Next, which won the Iowa Poetry Prize. He earned his MFA from the University of Massachusetts Amherst, where he was a Juniper Fellow and received the Distinguished Teaching award. His work can be found in journals such as Tin House, Iowa Review, LIT, Quick Fiction, Mississippi Review, and Gulf Coast.
About Something Has to Happen Next: "Concise, always surprising, these poems take you on journeys into other worlds. They break icicles from your eyes, and say, 'look at me, you've never seen me before.'"—James Tate, author, The Ghost Soldiers
Endi Bogue Hartigan’s first book One Sun Storm was selected for the 2008 Colorado Prize for Poetry, judged by poet Martha Ronk. Her work has appeared or is forthcoming in Chicago Review, Pleiades, Free Verse, Quarterly West, Tinfish, New Orleans Review, The Antioch Review, Northwest Review, as well as other publications and an anthology. She cofounded and edited the journal Spectaculum, a magazine that was devoted to long poems, series, and projects best presented at length. A graduate of Reed College and the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop, Hartigan has lived primarily on the West Coast and in Hawaii, and now works and lives in Portland, Oregon with her husband and son.
"Endi Bogue Hartigan's poems are enveloping: one is immersed in experiences of ice drifts, orange peels, and the striving toward a clarity (Let us be clear, one poem reiterates) that crystallizes and then evaporates. Subjects and objects are beautifully combined and confused through repetitions both musical and mysterious; each separate thing helps to form the existence of another. A reader is drawn into a process of thinking—a kind of sifting and sorting—ambitious for the large world that is always beyond one's grasp. One Sun Storm is not a mere collection, but a total project in which each poem is part of the whole. The passing by of the pieces of this created world engenders gratitude and awe."
— Martha Ronk, final judge and author of Vertigo, In a Landscape of Having to Repeat, and Why/Why Not
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