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Alumni from the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Adam Giannelli (Tremulous Hinge), Brendan Mathews (World of Tomorrow), Brittany Perham (Double Portrait) and Brian Sneeden (Last City), read from their newest works.
Why should you attend?
This program is a perennial favorite; hear important new voices from those who developed their writing at UVA.
“Giannelli’s debut is a quiet affair, but its simplicity masks layers and a longing for precision exhibited through minute adjustments, tweaked phrases, and shifting imagery. This striving for fluency could have been born from the childhood speech impediment the poet reflects on poignantly in the opening poem: “since I can’t say everlasting/ I say every/ lost thing.” … Though perfect expression may be unattainable, poetry is often about th process, and it is a pleasure to watch Giannelli work (and rework) his magic.” —Publishers Weekly, starred review
“This Doctorow-esque debut novel shimmers with the swing and swank of 1939 New York, where Francis, an Irish prison escapee, schmoozes socialites while eluding an assassin. Mathews’s urban epic is as rich and raucous as the city it celebrates.”— O, The Oprah Magazine
“[Double Portrait is] Musical, insightful, and all the way human.” —Claudia Rankine, 2016 Barnard Women Poets Prize citation
“The poems in Last City by Brian Sneeden accomplish that rarest – and most vital – feat in poetry: they are spells, conjurings, wards. The earth and the stars, the past and the present, life and death – they are all made new, or strange, or singing, here. I cannot imagine a better, richer debut than this.” —Paul Guest, author of Notes for My Body Double