Join SubText Books on Friday, December 8th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Alex Dimitrov. Alex will be reading from his new poetry collection, Together and by Ourselves, and he'll be in conversation with Chris Stedman.
Together and by Ourselves, Alex Dimitrov's second book of poems, takes on broad existential questions and the reality of our current moment: being seemingly connected to one another, yet emotionally alone. Through a collage aesthetic and a multiplicity of voices, these poems take us from coast to coast, New York to LA, and toward uneasy questions about intimacy, love death, and the human spirit. Dimitrov critiques America's long-lasting obsessions with money, celebrity, and escapism -- whether in our personal or professional lives. What defines a life? Is love ever enough? Who are we when together and who are we by ourselves? These questions echo throughout the poems, which resist easy answers. The voice is both heartfelt and skeptical, bruised yet playful, and always deeply introspective.
Alex Dimitrov is the author of two collections of poems, Together and by Ourselves, published by Copper Canyon Press in April of 2017, Begging for It (Four Way Books, 2013), and the online chapbook American Boys (Floating Wolf Quarterly, 2012). He is the recipient of the Stanley Kunitz Prize from the American Poetry Review and a Pushcart Prize. He has taught creative writing and literature at Columbia University, Bennington College and Rutgers University-New Brunswick. He was the Senior Content Editor at the Academy of American Poets where he edited the popular online series Poem-a-Day and American Poets magazine. In 2009 Dimitrov founded Wilde Boys, a queer poetry salon which he ran until 2013 in New York City, where he lives.
Chris Stedman is the author of Faitheist, "an intimate and deeply affecting portrait… [that] proves [he is] an activist in the truest sense and one to watch” (Booklist, Starred Review). His writing has appeared in The Guardian, CNN, MSNBC, The Rumpus, The Advocate, USA Today, The Washington Post, VICE, and Salon. After serving as a Humanist chaplain at Harvard University and director of the Yale Humanist Community, he now lives in Minneapolis, where he is a writer, speaker, fellow at Augsburg University, and founding executive director of the Humanist Center of Minnesota. He is working on his second book and writing a monthly column on vulnerability in the social media age for INTO called "Exposed."