Please join us for a POETRY READING
feat. Linda Elkin, Kasey Jueds, & J. C. Todd!
"The resonant poems of [Linda Elkin's] Navigation have their compass set on the heart’s true north and, as they move through even the darkest times, appear lit from within, “like the body interrupted/ by love becomes bright.” With a sensuous imagination (“my body voiced into life”), a stalwart spirit, a consent to life’s clamor, a fine ear--these poems make emotion intelligible; they distill and illuminate experience--its splendor, suffering, “sudden grace.” An eloquent collection, a lasting pleasure to read."
“[Kasey Jueds'] debut collection [Keeper] is nearly perfect—measured, never pretending to ask more than it can deliver, and yet producing poem after proportional poem with a satisfying precision… Jueds tackles everything with a strong, sure intelligence, unravelling the ‘reverse sides’ in order to see how the world works… This outstanding collection is the result of… careful, microscopic looking, and from the attention this poet has paid to her sinuous craft. Kasey Jueds is a keeper.”
—Judith Kitchen, The Georgia Review
"The compelling poems in J. C. Todd’s The Damages of Morning emerge from the “dark matter / of earth, terrestrial and sensate.” Set mostly in Eastern Europe and told largely from the perspective of women whom the World Wars trapped in history’s cul-de-sac, they drill down into the indelible details that bear witness to the struggle to survive—"crop-cabbage stumps,” a bullet’s “powder-burnt dimple / in a rammed-earth wall”—and hold both writer and reader accountable for damages that cannot/cannot not be undone."
—Lee Sharkey, author of Walking Backwards
LINDA ELKIN’s first book of poems, Navigation, was recently published by Finishing Line Press. Her poetry has been published in numerous publications including The Bloomsbury Review, Green Mountains Review, Midwest Quarterly, Southern Poetry Review, Tar River, Antiphon, and in the anthology Kindled Terraces: American Writers in Greece (Truman State University Press). Linda grew up in NYC and now lives in Oakland, California.
KASEY JUEDS' first book of poems, Keeper, won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize from the University of Pittsburgh Press. Recent poems have been published or are forthcoming in American Poetry Review, Narrative, Beloit Poetry Journal, Denver Quarterly, Provincetown Arts, Colorado Review, Pleiades, and Crazyhorse, and her reviews appear in Salamander, The Rumpus, Tar River Poetry, EcoTheo, and Jacket2. She lives in Philadelphia.
J. C. TODD is author of The Damages of Morning (Moonstone Press, 2018), a 2019 Eric Hoffer Award finalist, and What Space This Body (Wind, 2008), as well as chapbooks and collaborative artist books. Her poem “Frida!” is currently on display at the National Museum of Women in the Arts and others have appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Paris Review, Virginia Quarterly Review and elsewhere. Awards include the 2016 Rita Dove Poetry Prize and fellowships from the Pew Center for Arts & Heritage, the Leeway Foundation and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts. Residency fellowships include Bemis Center for Contemporary Art, Ragdale, Ucross, and Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. She has taught at Bryn Mawr College and in the Rosemont MFA Program.