Self-Portrait With Cephalopod by Kathryn Smith virtual launch event!

From that day on the surface was never enough.

Poet Kathryn Smith's much anticipated new collection, Self-Portrait With Cephalopod is due out February 9th, and what better way to celebrate than with a virtual launch event with Auntie's? Kat will be joined by some of our favorite local poets-- Laura Read, Maya Jewell Zeller, and Ellen Welcker. 

This event is free and open to the public, but if you pre-order your copy of Self-Portrait With Cephalopod from Auntie's you'll receive a one-of-a-kind mini broadside made by the author using handmade inks. 

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About 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.

About Kathryn Smith 

Kathryn Smith is the author of Self-Portrait with Cephalopod, as well as the collection Book of Exodus and the chapbook Chosen Companions of the Goblin, winner of the 2018 Open Country Press Chapbook Contest. Her poems have appeared in Poetry NorthwestBellingham ReviewThe JournalMid-American ReviewRedivider, and elsewhere, and she has received an Allied Arts Foundation award, a Spokane Arts Grant Award, and a Pushcart Special Mention. She received her MFA in creative writing from Eastern Washington University and lives in Spokane, where she also makes collage and mixed media art.


About Ellen Welcker

Ellen Welcker is the author of Ram Hands (Scablands Books, 2016), The Botanical Garden (Astrophil Press, 2010) and four chapbooks, including “The Pink Tablet” (Fact-Simile Editions, 2018). She lives in Spokane, WA.


About Laura Read 

Laura Read is the author of Dresses from the Old Country (BOA, 2018), Instructions for My Mother’s Funeral (University of Pittsburgh Press, 2012), and The Chewbacca on Hollywood Boulevard Reminds Me of You (Floating Bridge Press, 2011). She served as poet laureate for Spokane, Washington from 2015-17 and teaches at Spokane Falls Community College.


About Maya Jewell Zeller 


Maya Jewell Zeller is the author of the interdisciplinary collaboration (with visual artist Carrie DeBacker) Alchemy For Cells & Other Beasts (Entre Rios Books, 2017), the chapbook Yesterday, the Bees, and the poetry collection Rust Fish. Recipient of a Promise Award from the Sustainable Arts Foundation as well as a Residency in the H.J. Andrews Experimental Forest, Maya has presented her work internationally at the University of Oxford and in Madrid at the Unamuno Author Festival. Maya serves as Associate Professor for Central Washington University and Poetry Editor for Scablands Books, and is at work on a memoir called Raised by Ferns. Find her on Twitter @MayaJZeller.


Event date: 
Tuesday, February 9, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Self-Portrait with Cephalopod Cover Image
ISBN: 9781571315175
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Milkweed Editions - February 9th, 2021

"From that day on the surface was never enough."