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Reading with Charlie Bondhus, Kris Bigalk, James Cihlar, and Roy Guzmán

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Join SubText Books in the store on Saturday, October 27th at 7:00 PM for a poetry reading! Charlie Bondhus will read from his latest collection, “Divining Bones,” and he’ll be joined by Kris Bigalk, James Cihlar, and Roy Guzmán.

About “Divining Bones:”
Boys become crones; baked bread becomes a baby; electricity turns out to be Jesus; a first grade class stages Oedipus Rex. At the center of it all stands Baba Yaga, the child-eating forest witch and earth goddess of Russian folklore. Under her tutelage, Charlie Bondhus uses the occult and the magickal to explore the fluidity of age, gender, and self-perception in this radical and playful book. 

About the artists:
Charlie Bondhus’s second book All the Heat We Could Carry won the 2014 Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work’s appeared in Poetry, Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, Hayden’s Ferry, Bellevue Literary Review, Nimrod, and Copper Nickel. He’s received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers. He’s assistant professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ). His newest book, Divining Bones, will be published by Sundress Publications in 2019. More at

Kris Bigalk (pronounced BEE-yahk) is a writer and professor based in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Her second collection of poetry, My Narcissus, will be released in the fall of 2018 from NYQ Books; her first collection, Repeat the Flesh in Numbers, was released in 2012 from NYQ Books. Bigalk has published poetry in many literary magazines and anthologies, and also regularly publishes creative nonfiction and reviews. She has won two Minnesota State Arts Board Individual Artist grants in poetry.  Kris founded and now directs the groundbreaking AFA in Creative Writing program at Normandale Community College in Bloomington, Minnesota. In 2012, she was awarded a campus nomination for the Minnesota State Colleges and Universities Board of Trustees Excellence in Teaching award for her work with that program. She now serves as the Midwest Council Chair on the Association of Writers and Writing Programs (AWP) Board of Trustees.

James Cihlar is the author of the poetry books Rancho Nostalgia (Dream Horse Press, 2013) and Undoing (Little Pear Press, 2008), and the chapbooks A Conversation with My Imaginary Daughter (Bloom, 2013), and Metaphysical Bailout(Pudding House Press, 2010). His writing has been published in the American Poetry Review, Court Green, Smartish Pace, The Rumpus, Prairie Schooner, Lambda Literary Review, and Forklift, Ohio. He is the recipient of a Glenna Luschei Award from Prairie Schooner, the 2012 Bloom Chapbook Prize, and two Minnesota State Arts Board Fellowships for Poetry.

Roy Guzmán is a Honduran poet whose first collection is coming out from Graywolf Press in 2020. Raised in Miami, FL, Roy is a 2017 Ruth Lilly and Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Poetry Fellow. They are also the recipient of a 2017 Minnesota State Arts Board Initiative grant and the 2016 Gesell Award for Excellence in poetry. Their work has been included in the Best New Poets 2017 Anthology, guest-edited by Natalie Diaz, and Best of the Net 2017, guest-edited by Eduardo C. Corral. Roy holds degrees from the University of Minnesota, Dartmouth College, the University of Chicago, and the Honors College at Miami Dade College. They currently live in Minneapolis, where they are pursuing a PhD in Cultural Studies (Comparative Studies in Discourse and Society) at the University of Minnesota.

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