Just a heads up! This Wednesday and Thursday, there are two AWESOME readings happening—poet Cynthia Cruz (above, left) will be reading at Notre Dame, and Kelcey Parker Ervick (above, right) will be reading at LangLab in South Bend! Both events are free and open to the public, so I hope to see you there! I’ll be going, and a few WRB frequenters will be going, so GET GOING.
Here’s some info:
Cynthia Cruz (Poet)
Wednesday, November 16, 7:30pm, Eck Center Auditorium at Notre Dame
This event is free and open to the public.
Cynthia Cruz is the author of four collections of poetry, with How the End Begins (2016), The Glimmering Room (2012) and Wunderkammer (2014) published by Four Way Books, and Ruin (2006) by Alice James Books. She has published poems in numerous literary journals and magazines including the New Yorker, Kenyon Review, the Paris Review, and the Boston Review, and in anthologies including Isn’t it Romantic: 100 Love Poems by Younger Poets (2004), and The Iowa Anthology of New American Poetries (2004). She is the recipient of fellowships from Yaddo, the MacDowell Colony, and a Hodder Fellowship from Princeton University. Cruz teaches writing at Sarah Lawrence College while pursuing a PhD in German Studies at Rutgers University. She has previously taught at the Juilliard School, Fordham University, the Rutgers-Newark MFA Program and Eugene Lang College. Cruz earned her BA at Mills College, her MFA in Creative Writing at Sarah Lawrence College, and her MFA in Art Writing & Criticism at the School of Visual Arts. She and has published essays, interviews, book and art reviews in the LA Review of Books, Hyperallergic, Guernica, The American Poetry Review, and The Rumpus.
Kelcey Parker Ervick (Fiction)
Thursday, November 17, 7pm, LangLab South Bend
About the book: Artistic, rebellious, and unapologetically intelligent, Božena Němcová defied every convention for a woman in mid-nineteenth-century Bohemia: she was active in nationalist politics, she smoked cigars, she took a series of lovers, and she laid bare her ideas and emotions in her letters and stories. The Bitter Life of Božena Němcová is a biographical collage of found texts, footnotes, fragments, and images by and about the Czech fairy tale writer, whom Milan Kundera calls the “Mother of Czech Prose.” Kelcey Parker Ervick’s innovative collage form, with its many voices and viewpoints, questions the concept of biographical “truth” while also revealing a nuanced and spellbinding portrait of Němcová. Inspired by Němcová’s letters, the book’s second section, “Postcards to Božena” is Parker Ervick’s epistolary memoir of her own failing marriage and her quest for a Czech typewriter, as well as a meditation on reading, writing, and happy endings. The two sections combine to create a book as defiant, enchanting, and complex as its namesake.
To learn more about Kelcey, check out her website at http://www.kelceyervick.com/