Kat Smith & Emily Van Kley

Friday, September 23, 2022 - 7:00pm

Join us for readings from Kathryn Smith’s and Emily Van Kley’s newest books
Self-Portrait with Cephalopod and Arrhythmia!

Friday, September 23rd @ 7pm at Auntie’s Bookstore
 

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About the books

Self-Portrait with Cephalopod

Environmental collapse. The betrayals and alliances of the animal world. A father who works in a timber mill. The celebrities in our feeds, the stories we tell ourselves. Loss, never-ending loss. Self-Portrait with Cephalopod--selected by francine j. harris as winner of the Jake Adam York Prize--is an account of being a girl, and then a woman, in the world; of being a living creature on a doomed planet; of being someone who aspires to do better but is torn between attention and distraction.

Here, Kathryn Smith offers observations and anxieties, prophecies and prayers, darkness and light--but never false hope. Instead, she incises our vanities and our hypocrisies, "the bloody hand holding back / the skin," revealing "the world's inner workings, / rubbery and caught between the teeth." These are the poems of someone who feels her and our failings in the viscera, in the bones, and who bears witness to that pain on the page.

Self-Portrait with Cephalopod is an urgent and necessary collection about living in this precarious moment, meditative and resolutely unsentimental.

Arrhythmia

Written in the years following the sudden death of a cherished friend, Arrhythmia traces the shock doctrine of grief as it electrifies the lives of those left behind. Alliances shift. Loss multiplies. Poems call out from the body, wrestling the twin impossibilities of memory and meaning in language that is by turns starkly simple and twistingly inventive. A tribute to queer friendship, these poems weave chronic grief with the stab of a loved one’s sudden absence—of what happens to the vibrant particulars of a life when it ends.

 

About the authors

Kathryn Smith is the author of the poetry collections Self-Portrait with Cephalopod and Book of Exodus, as well as the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin. The recipient of a Spokane Arts Grant Award and an Allied Arts Foundation award, her poems and visual poetry have appeared or are forthcoming in Gettysburg Review, Copper Nickel, Ninth Letter, DIAGRAM, Willow Springs, Fugue, Brink, and elsewhere. She lives in Spokane. 

Emily Van Kley was raised in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula but now lives with her partner in Olympia, Washington, where she writes, and teaches and performs aerial acrobatics. She is the author of a previous poetry collection, The Cole and the Rust.

 

Event address: 
Auntie's Bookstore
402 West Main Ave
Spokane, WA 99201
Books: 
Self-Portrait with Cephalopod By Kathryn Smith Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571315175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - February 9th, 2021

A 2022 Washington State Book Award finalist

Environmental collapse. The betrayals and alliances of the animal world. A father who works in a timber mill. The celebrities in our feeds, the stories we tell ourselves. Loss, never-ending loss. Self-Portrait with Cephalopod--selected by francine j.


Arrhythmia: Poems By Emily Van Kley Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780892555390
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Persea - January 4th, 2022

Probing and elegiac new poems from the author of The Cold and The Rust