Join SubText Books in the store on Saturday, May 5th at 7pm for a reading with Jules Nyquist and John Roche for Nyquist's new book, "Homesick, then." Book signing to follow the reading and conversation.
"Jules Nyquist lived and wrote these poems out of loss, sweet memory, noticing the details and observing the arc of her own life: from relatives who have all but disappeared into a past of secrets and misinformation to what remains after both her parents are gone. There are moments of great poignancy, like when neither her feet nor those of her dead brother touch the floor. And family photos that provide connective tissue to the poetry of a family just like yours and yet entirely unique. A book to cherish, read and reread."
—Margaret Randall, author of "She Becomes Time" and "The Morning After: Poetry & Prose in a Post-Truth World
"Part memoir, part paean to family, ancestry, and place, Nyquist takes us from home to home, from Sweden to Minnesota to New Mexico, and through time, from before her birth to her parents’ death. She asks, how do we ever know the full story of those we love? How are we shaped by geography and family history? With tenderness and grace, she bears witness to her parents’ growing frailty, their passing and the emotional aftermath. Like going through a wormhole, Nyquist’s poems collapse past and present: a telephone call to her deceased grandmother; meeting her parents by chance on the freeway: “I chose them as a portal to this place.” Nyquist describes a spiritual and physical closeness to the dead, better than any heaven. She is our medium, calling forth their voices: “flying back and forth, I’m suspended/Mom visits me in the clouds.” Her poems are the umbilical cord between the living and the dead. Red sheets, turquoise, red lipstick, frozen strawberries and those unforgettable roses in the snow, the inextinguishable fire." —Kendra Tanacea, author of "A Filament Burns in Blue Degrees"
About Jules Nyquist:
Jules earned her MFA in Writing & Literature (Poetry) from Bennington College in Vermont in 2007. She took a B.A. in Creative Writing from from Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, MN. Jules founded Jules' Poetry Playhouse in Albuquerque, NM in 2012, where she hosts visiting poets and conducts workshops and classes on poetry, creative writing, and the creative process. Jules works as a Lead Enrollment Counselor for the School of Education at Capella University where she helps k-12 and higher education students counseling them for their doctoral programs in education. Jules was Program Associate for Education at the Loft Literary Center from 2000-2004 in the Open Book building in Minneapolis and hosted the Loft's "Local-Motion" reading series. She was co-host of Minneapolis' KFAI "Write On Radio" from 2000 to 2011 where she interviewed hundreds of local, national and international writers live on the air.
Jules' two books of poems, Behind the Volcanoes and Appetites (Beatlick Press), were finalists for the NM/AZ Book Awards in 2012 and 2014, respectively. Jules’ poems have appeared in 5 AM, Salamander, Malpais Review, Adobe Walls, St. Paul Almanac, Long Islander News, Gray Sparrow, House Organ, Duke City Fix, Café Review and others. She is co-editor of the Poets Speak anthology series with John Roche and edited the volume 2 Hers series in 2017. A native Minnesotan, Jules lives in Albuquerque, New Mexico.
About John Roche:
John Roche lives in Albuquerque, where he helps run the Poetry Playhouse with Jules Nyquist. He continues to teach at Rochester Institute of Technology.
His first full-length poetry collections were On Conesus (2005) and Topicalities (2008), both from FootHills Publishing, Kanona, NY. His 2011 poetic memoir, Road Ghosts, is available from theenk Books (through SPDBooks.org). Albuquerque's Beatlick Press published an anthology of 120 poets called Mo' Joe (2014), inspired by his Joe Poems: The Continuing Saga of Joe the Poet (FootHills, 2012). Mo’ Joe was a finalist in the 2014 Arizona/New Mexico Book Awards and was nominated for a Pushcart Prize. He also edited the collection Uncensored Songs for Sam Abrams (Spuyten Duyvil, 2008), co-edited an anthology of poems by Auburn Prison inmates with Patricia Roth Schwartz, and edited Martha Rittenhouse Treichler’s Black Mountain to Crooked Lake: Poems 1948-2010, with a Memoir of Black Mountain College (FootHills, 2010). He is now editing a series of issues-themed anthologies called Poets Speak, which include Trumped, Hers, Water, Walls, and Survival.