Hugo House Literary Series w/ Lauren Camp
Oct
23
7:00pm 7:00pm

Hugo House Literary Series w/ Lauren Camp

Richard Hugo House and Seattle Pacific University School of Theology present:

Mischa Willett, poet and host of the podcast Poems for the People, and New Mexico-based poet Lauren Camp will read from their recent collections—both of which explore family and migration—followed by an onstage Q&A.

In Phases (Cascade Books), Mischa Willett’s playful experiments with form are centered by a colloquy across history and place, namely Rome, where Willett’s family immigrated from. The poems are as interested in the creeping penumbral edge of language as they are in the shadowy fact of faith.

In her Dorset Prize-winning new collection, One Hundred Hungers (Tupelo Press), Lauren Camp explores the lives of a first-generation Arab-American girl and her Jewish-Iraqi parent. Camp tells overlapping stories of food and ritual, immigration and adaptation, evoking her father’s boyhood in Baghdad in the 1940s at a time when tensions began to emerge along ethnic and religious lines. She also draws upon memories of Sabbath dinners in her grandparents’ new home in America to reveal how family culture persists.

Praise for Phases:

“These poems rub shoulders with classical figures and Biblical traditions, stoics and shepherds and sleep-deprived poets, the better to place the old stories in a contemporary light…If the unexamined life is not worth living, these poems investigate the daily struggle to find one’s place in the bigger picture—’like holding one’s breath / to  remember the air.'” – Kevin Craft, author of Vagrants and Accidentals

Praise for One Hundred Hungers:

“With a delicate hand, [Camp] renders gustatory details of gatherings and the kitchen that present an engaging blend of those cultures that were once harmonious in the Baghdad of a father’s past, which is very different from his daughter’s childhood in America…Camp distills grief, loss, and transition, each becoming a kind of theft, and the poems strive to reclaim and recover what can be salvaged.” – Publisher’s Weekly


Mischa Willett holds both MFA and PhD degrees from the University of Washington and currently teaches English at Seattle Pacific University. His scholarly work concerns nineteenth-century British poetry and aesthetic theory, and his essays and reviews appear in both academic and popular journals. He is also the host of the iTunes podcast Poems for the People.

Lauren Camp is the author of three books, including One Hundred Hungers, which won the Dorset Prize. Her poems have appeared in Slice, Boston Review, Third Coast, Beloit Poetry Journal, the Academy of American Poets’ Poem-a-Day, and other journals. Other literary honors include the Margaret Randall Poetry Prize, the Anna Davidson Rosenberg Award, and a Black Earth Institute Fellowship. She is the producer/host of “Audio Saucepan” on Santa Fe Public Radio, a program that interweaves music with contemporary poetry. laurencamp.com.

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The Gates Reading
Apr
27
7:30pm 7:30pm

The Gates Reading

Mischa Willett, author of *Phases* (Cascade Books, 2017, Wipf and Stock Publishers) gives this year's Gates Reading, an annual series co-sponsored by the English Department at Seattle Pacific University and Image Journal, named in honor of longtime educator Fan Mayhall Gates.

SPU faculty and students established the Fan Gates reading series in 1999 to honor this well-loved professor and colleague after her retirement from the English dept. after 36 years. Funded by the Fan Mayhall Gates Literary Reading Series Endowment, the annual event spotlights prominent writers on the campus of Seattle Pacific.

The poems in *Phases* have been described by the poet Scott Cairns (Paraclete Press) as employing "a surprising linguistic brilliance to compose oratoria that brighten the hearts of readers," and by the poet Kevin J Craft (University of Washington Press) as "rub[bing] shoulders with classical figures and Biblical traditions, stoics and shepherds and sleep-deprived poets, the better to place the old stories in a contemporary light."

Copies of *Phases* can be ordered from Amazon.com or from Wipf and Stock Publishers.

The event is free and open to the public.

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