David Nutt's "The Great American Suction" w/ Grady Chambers & Christopher Kennedy

Please join us for an evening of readings
celebrating the release of David Nutt's novel
feat. readings by
Grady Chambers, Christopher Kennedy, & David Nutt!


Drug-addled yard workers. Black-marketeering militiamen. Aimless celebrity impersonators. Narcotized puffer fish. And at the center of it all, a pair of glue-huffing cousins who attempt to cope with the relentless disasters of their lives by building giant trash monuments that attract their own strange fanatics. Welcome to The Great American Suction, a frenzied portrait of struggle and collapse–and occasional resuscitation–in the ruts and nooks of a beleaguered heartland.

Elegant, manic, deeply attentive. The reader may be struck, at first, by a dark undertow (think Gary Lutz meets Grace Paley) but as the language teaches us how to read it, The Great American Suction reveals itself to be a celebratory comic romp from a big-hearted writer.
George Saunders, author of Lincoln in the Bardo and Tenth of December

DAVID NUTT is the author of The Great American Suction, published in February by Tyrant Books. His fiction has appeared in The American ReaderElectric Literature’s Okey-PankyGreen Mountains ReviewHobartJukedNew York TyrantNOÖ JournalOpen City, and Washington Square Review. He attended the MFA Program in Creative Writing at Syracuse University, where he met his wife, the poet Gina Keicher. They live in Ithaca, New York, with their dog and two cats.

GRADY CHAMBERS is the author of North American Stadiums (Milkweed, 2018) selected by Henri Cole as the winner of the inaugural Max Ritvo Poetry Prize. His poems and stories are forthcoming from Kenyon Review OnlineJoyland, and Quarterly West, and recent work has appeared in The Paris ReviewThe Iowa ReviewNashville ReviewDiode PoetryBirdfeast; Adroit JournalForklift, Ohio; and elsewhere. Grady was born and raised in Chicago. He was a 2015-2017 Wallace Stegner Fellow, and lives in Philadelphia.

CHRISTOPHER KENNEDY is the author of Clues from the Animal Kingdom (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2018) Ennui Prophet (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2011), Encouragement for a Man Falling to His Death (BOA Editions, Ltd., 2007), which received the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, Trouble with the Machine (Low Fidelity Press, 2003), and Nietzsche’s Horse (Mitki/Mitki Press, 2001). He is one of the translators of Light and Heavy Things: Selected Poems of Zeeshan Sahil, BOA Editions, Ltd., 2013), published as part of the Lannan Translation Series. His work has appeared in many print and on-line journals and magazines, including Ploughshares, Plume, New York Tyrant, Ninth Letter, Wigleaf, The Threepenny Review, Mississippi Review, and McSweeney’s. In 2011, he was awarded an NEA Fellowship for Poetry. He is a professor of English at Syracuse University where he directs the MFA Program in Creative Writing.

Event date: 
Friday, May 10, 2019 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
The Great American Suction Cover Image
ISBN: 9780999218631
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Published: Tyrant Books - February 26th, 2019

North American Stadiums Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315045
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Published: Milkweed Editions - June 5th, 2018

Clues from the Animal Kingdom (American Poets Continuum #167) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942683643
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Published: BOA Editions - September 25th, 2018