Poetry Reading w/ Andrés Cerpa, Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, & p.e. garcia


Please join us for a POETRY READING
with Andrés Cerpa (Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy),
Marissa Johnson-Valenzuela, & p.e. garcia!

About Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy

These quiet, descriptive poems blaze with an inferno of lamenting and loving muses as a son helplessly watches his father suffer from a debilitating illness. The inquisitive voice of the speaker gently paints an emotional landscape ranging from childhood to the present, while trying to find glimpses of happiness in the imminent sorrow.

“This brilliant book tells a hell-forged truth with angelic music, making devastating beauty from the elemental and agonized relation between father and son—at once a war and a loss and a tether, a home. Through the cruel truth there is love; even in the deepest pit there’s light. This nocturnal-hearted poet’s not likely looking for it but there it is, still falling all over his burning, metallic, ruinous discoveries. There it is: love and brutality mixed together in epic scenes. No judgment, no transcendence—no way out of the mire. Cerpa’s is a magnificent talent—a yawp made for this very moment, and a voice for the ages.”—Brenda Shaughnessy

 is the author of Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy (January 2019) and The Vault (June 2021) from Alice James Books. A recipient of fellowships from the McDowell Colony and Canto Mundo, his work has appeared or is forthcoming in Ploughshares, Poem-a-Day, The Kenyon Review, The Rumpus, Frontier Poetry, West Branch, Foundry Journal, Wildness + elsewhere.

MARISSA JOHNSON-VALENZUELA is a writer, editor, community college professor and sometimes DJ. Her poetry and prose have been supported by many rad people and projects including:  VONA, Lambda Literary, The Leeway Foundation, Hedgebrook, American Poetry Review, The Baffler, Make/shift, As Us Journal, The Rust Belt Rising, APIARY, Aster(ix), Solstice, The Acentos Review, Mad House, HOLD, boneless, skinless, Bedfellows, and Organize Your Own: The Politics and Poetics of Self-Determination Movements (Soberscove 2016).

P.E. GARCIA is an editor-at-large at the Rumpus and a contributor to HTMLGiant. Previously, they've been a contributing editor at the Offing and Awst Press and an online editor for Hunger Mountain. They earned their MFA in Fiction from Vermont College of Fine Arts in 2013. Originally from Arkansas, they currently live in Philadelphia, where they are a PhD student in Rhetoric at Temple University. 

Event date: 
Thursday, January 24, 2019 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
Bicycle in a Ransacked City: An Elegy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781938584978
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Alice James Books - January 15th, 2019