Join SubText Books on Friday, October 12th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Ellen Lansky and William Reichard! Lansky will read fro her novel “Suburban Heathens,” and Reichard will read from his poetry collection “The Night Horse.” Book signing to follow!
About “Suburban Heathens:”
“Suburban Heathens” follows the trajectory of parallel and converging catastrophes that begin with the AIDS crisis in the mid-1980s and the protagonist's best friend's death, and continue with her father's struggle with heart disease, actually made worse by medical interventions witnessed by the wandering lesbian daughter who is called home to a Jewish enclave in the suburbs of Shawnee Mission, Kansas, where she grew up—halfway between the Shawnee Indian Mission and the Osawatomie State Mental Hospital. The hospital melodrama brings to light the family history of displacement and immigration, heart disease (literal and metaphoric), cancer, death, struggle, and loss as well as recovery and regeneration as Rickie Lynn Jackson finds her relatives in Rochester, New York's famous Mount Hope Cemetery.
About “The Night Horse:”
“The Night Horse is a collection of new and selected poems from William Reichard’s previous collections, including work from “An Alchemy in the Bones,” “The Brightness,” “How To,” “Sin Eater,” “As Breath in Winter,” and “Two Men Rowing Madly Toward Infinity.”
About Ellen Lansky:
Ellen Lansky’s novella “Harmonic Convergence” was the runner-up in Evergreen Chronicles’ first national novella contest. Her first novel, “Golden Jeep,” appeared in 2011. Her short stories have been widely published. In addition, she is the author of many essays on literature and addiction that have appeared in Literature and Medicine, Dionysos, and Southern Comforts: Alcohol and Drinking in the US South. She attended St. Catherine University (BA), Binghamton University (MA), and the University of Minnesota (PhD). She lives in Minneapolis and teaches literature, composition, and creative writing at Inver Hills Community College.
About William Reichard:
William Reichard is a Minnesota-born writer, editor, and educator. He hols a BA in film studies, an MA in Creative Writing, and a PhD in 20th-Century American Literature. He is the author of five poetry collections, two chapbooks, and an anthology of poetry, fiction, and creative nonfiction by contemporary American authors that focuses on social justice and social change issues. A frequent collaborator with artists from other fields, he’s won several local and national awards and fellowships for his writing. He is an English instructor at Inver Hills Community College and lives in St. Paul, MN, with his spouse, poet James Cihlar.