Michael McGriff + Chris Cook: Poetry Talk
Michael McGriff is an author, editor, and translator born and raised in Coos Bay, Oregon. His poetry collections include "Early Hour" and "Black Postcards", both of which he'll be speaking about at Auntie's Bookstore. He also wrote "Home Burial", a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice; and "Dismantling the Hills". McGriff also co-authored "Our Secret Life in the Movies" with J. M. Tyree, and the book was selected as one of NPR's Best Books of 2014. He is a former Stegner Fellow and Jones Lecturer at Stanford University, and his work has been honored with a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a Ruth Lilly Fellowship, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. Currently, McGriff is a member of the creative writing faculty at the University of Idaho. To discover more about his work, visit http://www.michaelmcgriff.com/
Chris Cook is the host of Auntie's Bookstore's 3 Minute Mic events that happen every month on First Friday. He is also the author of two poetry collections: Damn Good Cookie and The View From the Broken Mic. His poetry is also featured in the anthology Uncensored: Spokane Poetry Slam Collected. He teaches at Gonzaga University in the Music Department and plays in the Spokane Symphony. His love of music often threads noticeably throughout his poetry to create wonderfully lyrical cadences in his work.
"It's McGriff's] language that keeps you reading along, transfixed."--New York Times Book Review
"A lyricist at heart, McGriff is a masterful maker of metaphor." --Third Coast
"McGriff's vivid grit remains hard to gainsay."--Publishers Weekly
In the Spokane tradition of Vachel Lindsay, Chris Cook sings. Before you register the dark humor, the sharp satire, or the elegant constructions of the meter, you'll notice the music of these poems. Whether at the park, in memory, or elsewhere on the periphery, Cook writes large-hearted poems that remind us how poetry moves: from ear to mind to heart.
"Think Edgar Allan Poe crossed with Ogden Nash, or Wallace & Gromit mashed up with The Corpse Bride, add a twist of the grotesque and a dab of the bawdy-and you'll have an idea of the sublime delights that await you in Christopher Cook's marvelous collection of verse." Jonathan Potter, author of House of Words "Don't let Chris Cook's humor fool you: he's serious.