Poetry Reading & Book Launch: Emily Wallis Hughes' SUGAR FACTORY

Please join us for a POETRY READING & BOOK LAUNCH 
celebrating the release of
Emily Wallis Hughes'

Featuring readings by Emily Wallis Hughes,
Cort Day, Gina Myers, Oki Sogumi, KC Trommer, & Jason Zuzga!


Sugar Factory glows with a glorious haunting, dwelling deep inside the language of listening and attention. Ancestors, predecessors, and material textures transmit in exclamatory abundance the anxiety of time passing. Lines such as “your green stays green” and “how am I?/ to end this poem” beautifully capture an attempt to hold on to fleeting impermanence. The book delights in expectancy as it flows effortlessly from generation to generation, across continents, and makes a gift of embodiment to each of its varied speakers allowing for the ecstatic possibility to “leave one’s body and return.” Reading Sugar Factory one is struck simultaneously by the resilience and slippage of memory as it weaves in and out of fragmented storytelling while also asking: what is it that this telling gets done, what of memory’s remains does one have to contend with, and what is it to speak towards someone who is no longer alive. As “This I” continues to shift and redefine itself, the reader soaks in the pleasure of being a ready recipient moving both towards specific familial pasts and a dreamlike unreality as each environment evoked leaves a trail of meditative intimacy."
—Anna Gurton-Wachter

"Like Whitman’s “Song of Myself,” Hughes’s Sugar Factory is a laud for the land, a deep song of praise for the ecstasy in the ordinary. Riding the train, peeling fruit, contemplating streaks of color—here we find everyday encounters opening doorways to memory, both intimate and ancestral. The result is a quietly fierce collection of poems that spans coasts and continents as it boldly 'carries the voices of the living/and the dead.'"
—Patricia Killelea

"These poems make me so glad. I don’t think I’ve ever seen such a charming use of the exclamation point. And there is such a vastness to these little poems — the way Joanne Kyger or Larry Eigner were able to write like brushstrokes — Emily Wallis Hughes lives fully, sensually in the natural world, in the city, and in a family’s past. You will feel so at home in these poems; they are a tonic."
—Matthew Rohrer

"Emily Wallis Hughes’s poems are an absolute joy to read. As a fellow poet—and a fellow Californian—I greatly admire her keen ability to evoke a sense of place. She has that essential gift of making one feel totally immersed in the world of her poems—and of conjuring in the reader a sense of delicious and aching nostalgia for things not in the reader’s experience. With its light touch and its exceptional range of techniques, voices, and registers, Sugar Factory is a treasure."
—Geoffrey Nutter

EMILY WALLIS HUGHES is a poet and editor who grew up in Agua Caliente, California, a small town in the Sonoma Valley. Her poems have been published or are forthcoming in the Berkeley Poetry Review, Elderly, Gigantic Magazine, Luna Luna Magazine, Menage, Painted Bride Quarterly, Prelude, A Women’s Thing, ZAUM, and other little magazines. She co-edited Slovene avant-garde poet Jure Detela’s Moss & Silver, translated by Raymond Miller with Tatjana Jamnik (Ugly Duckling Presse). She earned an M.A. in English Literature and Creative Writing—Poetry from the University of California, Davis, and an M.F.A. in Poetry from New York University. She currently teaches Creative Writing at Rutgers—New Brunswick. Emily usually lives in Brooklyn, from where she works for Fence as Editor of Constant Critic and copy edits Fence magazine.

SUGAR FACTORY, just published by Spuyten Duyvil, is her first book of poems and includes a series of twelve paintings which SARAH RIGGS painted in collaboration with the poems.

And joining Emily will be...

CORT DAY’s first collection of poems, The Chime, was published by Alice James Books in 2001. He grew up in Arcata, California and now resides in Philadelphia. He is currently working on a second collection of poems and a novel.

GINA MYERS is the author of two full-length poetry collections, A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013), as well as several chapbooks, including most recently Philadelphia (Barrelhouse, 2017). Originally from Saginaw, MI, she lives in Philadelphia, PA, where she works as a web content writer and social media specialist, co-edits the tiny with Gabriella Torres, and runs the Accidental Player reading series.

OKI SOGUMI writes poetry and fiction about the horizon of doing things wrong, keeping odd hours, and all the creatures. Her chapbook No one sleeps alone in the dark is forthcoming from Skeleton Man Press. She currently resides in Philadelphia.

Poet and essayist KC TROMMER is the author of the debut poetry collection We Call Them Beautiful (Diode Editions, 2019) as well as the chapbook The Hasp Tongue (dancing girl press, 2014). A graduate of the MFA program at The University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, KC has been the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. Her poems and essays have appeared in AGNI, The Antioch Review, Blackbird, The Common, LitHub, Prairie Schooner, as well as in VIDA Review and in the anthologies Resist Much, Obey Little; All We Can Hold; and Who Will Speak for America? In 2019, the Grammy Award-winning composer Herschel Garfein created the song cycle “Three Rides” for soprano, cello, and piano from her work. The cycle had its world premiere at Brooklyn Art Song Society's New Voices Series in New York in July 2019. She is the founder of the online audio project, QUEENSBOUND, and lives in Jackson Heights, Queens, with her son. (Photo by Sylvie Rosokoff)

After a series of jobs in New York publishing and a residential poetry fellowship year at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown, MA, JASON ZUZGA completed an M.F.A. in poetry and nonfiction at the University of Arizona, followed by a year as the poet-in-residence in the James Merrill House. He currently teaches at the University of Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. from the English Department for his dissertation “Uncanny World: Envisioning Nature in Documentary” in August 2016, Jason was awarded the Diane Hunter Prize for Best Dissertation, 2016-2017, from the English Department of the University of Pennsylvania. His debut book of poetry, Heat Wake was published by Saturnalia Books in March 2016. His poetry and nonfiction has been published in numerous journals, such as Tin House, the Yale Review, and the Paris Review. He is the Other/Nonfiction co-editor of FENCE.

Event date: 
Saturday, July 27, 2019 - 2:30pm to 5:00pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Sugar Factory Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947980952
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Spuyten Duyvil - December 1st, 2018

The Chime: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781882295296
Availability: Special Order
Published: Alice James Books - July 1st, 2002

Hold It Down Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938055072
Availability: Special Order
Published: Coconut Books - May 1st, 2013

Heat Wake Cover Image
ISBN: 9780996220620
Availability: Special Order
Published: Saturnalia Books - March 1st, 2016