Cameron McGill: In the Night Field

Tuesday, June 1, 2021 - 7:00pm

Join us to celebrate the release of Cameron McGill's debut poetry collection, In the Night Field. Cameron will be joined by writers Sayantani Dasgupta and Michael McGriff and musical guest, Patois. 

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About the book: 

Cameron McGill’s debut collection of poetry,In the Night Field,spotlights the effects of memory: its startling artistry, varied discontents,and casual fallibility. These poems chart the complex relationshipbetween mental health and place; the difficult paths home can be lonelyand circuitous, the emotional coordinates we map along the way areminder of those intimate regions that hold and haunt us. These canbe isolating passages, but are just as often fertile: “I walk further eachday toward the strange / austerity my heart makes of reason.” Betweenthe attentive, persistent self and the longed-for, absent other arisesa fragmented conversation, an exchange that’s in a constant state ofarrival. As McGill shows us, memories are a corrective, carrying backto us occasions for instruction, reconciliation, or in those astonishingflashes of clarity, what again hopes to be loved.


About the Contributors: 

Cameron McGill is a poet and songwriter from Champaign, Illinois and theauthor ofMeridians(Willow Springs Books). His poems have appeared inTheAmerican Poetry Review,Beloit Poetry Journal,Grist,Raleigh Review,RHINO,andWestern Humanities Review. He has released seven albums, most recentlyThe Widow Cameron. He teaches at Washington State University, where heserves as co-director of the Visiting Writers Series. He lives in Moscow, Idaho.

Sayantani Dasgupta was born in Calcutta and raised in New Delhi and is the author of Women Who Misbehave (a collection of short stories); Fire Girl: Essays on India, America, & the In-Between—a Finalist for the Foreword Indies Awards for Creative Nonfiction—and the chapbook The House of Nails: Memories of a New Delhi Childhood. Her essays and stories have appeared in over 50 literary journals and magazines, including The Rumpus, Hunger Mountain, Chicago Quarterly Review, Southern Humanities Review, and others. She is an Assistant Professor of Creative Writing in the MFA program at the University of North Carolina-Wilmington, and has also taught in India, Italy, and Mexico.

Michael McGriff is the author of several books, including the poetry collection Early Hour and a story collection coauthored with J. M. Tyree, Our Secret Life in the Movies, an NPR Best Book of 2014. His work has been honored with a Lannan Literary Fellowship, a New York Times Book Review Editors’ Choice, and a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. His writing has appeared in the New York Times, Poetry London, The Believer, Tin House, and American Poetry Review. He teaches creative writing at the University of Idaho.

Patois is the musical project of Daniel Johnson. He lives in Detroit. His debut album Chemtrails is out now.

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In the Night Field Cover Image
ISBN: 9781936767656
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
(Please note: This book cannot be returned.)
Published: Augury Books - June 1st, 2021

Cameron McGill's debut collection of poetry, In the Night Field, spotlights the effects of memory: its startling artistry, varied discontents, and casual fallibility.