Two Minnesotan poets, Michelle Matthees and Julie Gard, will read from their new poetry collections on Friday, January 13th at 7pm at SubText Books.
Flucht by Michelle Matthees is a collection of lyric poetry that evokes the frigid, desolate landscape of Eastern Europe and the heartfelt interactions with a newly emigrated, adoptive daughter.
Home Studies by Julie Gard is a collection of prose poetry that sings with the relatable struggles and celebrations of queer midwestern life, adoptive parenting, love, and finding one's place in a community.
Michelle Matthees is a graduate of the University of Minnesota's MFA program in Creative Writing. She has received grants and awards from the Jerome Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Arrowhead Regional Arts Council, AWP, and other arts organizations. Flucht, her first book-length collection of poems is published by New Rivers Press. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota with the prose poet Julie Gard, and is currently at work on a new book of poems about institutionalization.
Julie Gard's prose poetry collection Home Studies, published by New Rivers Press in 2015, was a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award. Her chapbooks include Russia in 17 Objects (Tiger's Eye Press) and Obscura: The Daguerreotype Series (Finishing Line Press), and she has published prose poetry, short fiction, and creative nonfiction in Crab Orchard Review, Ekphrasis, Clackamas Literary Review and Blackbox Manifold, among other journals and anthologies. Gard is the recipient of grants from the Fulbright Foundation and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund for Women. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota with her partner, the poet Michelle Matthees, and is Associate Professor of Writing at the University of Wisconsin Superior.