Poets Forrest Gander (Twice Alive) and Lisa Russ Spaar (Madrigalia: New & Selected Poems) read from their most recent collections, stunning explorations of both personal and environmental connections. Gander, who grew up in Virginia, won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for his book Be With. Spaar, a professor in UVA’s Creative Writing Program, is the recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship and Rona Jaffe Award among numerous other honors.

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“In Gander’s follow up to his extraordinary book of loss and lamentation, Be With, (for which he was awarded the Pulitzer Prize), this poet of metaphysical abstraction, Eros, and intimate observation ― and even adulation ― of the natural world finds fresh metaphors for the sudden and uneasy onset of new love.”
–NPR

“This is an ecologically aware, tender, and captivating work.” ―Publishers Weekly, starred review

“Lisa Russ Spaar’s Madrigalia features a riveting suite of new poems that need to be read aloud and savored to fully experience the unexpected twists, virtuoso lexicon, and erotic charge.” –Arthur Sze

“Lisa Russ Spaar sounds like no other poet writing today.” ―Jennifer Chang, The Believer

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