Join SubText Books on Wednesday, August 14th at 7:00 PM for a reading with Matthew Murrey, Sonia Greenfield, and Athena Kildegaard!
“Bulletproof” by Matthew Murrey:
The poems in “Bulletproof” look at the joy and dread of being alive in this world. Even pleasurable situations hold traces of danger and threat, while destructive or disturbing events contain the possibilities of redemption and beauty. Murrey has succeeded in using the direct and evocative powers of poetry to conjure up these contradictions—not so much to resolve them, but to dwell on and in them, to experience through language the wonder of being human.
MATTHEW MURREY has been published in many journals including Tar River Poetry, Poetry East, and The Progressive. He received an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and his first book manuscript, Bulletproof, was published by Jacar Press in February, 2019 after being selected by Marilyn Nelson as the winner of Jacar’s 2018 Full-Length Book Contest.
“American Parable” by Sonia Greenfield:
Selected by Heather McNaugher, contest judge for Coal Hill Review's 2017 Chapbook Prize. Sonia Greenfield’s “American Parable” is a portrait of America’s current political and cultural landscape. Greenfield’s candor is a light that helps us make sense of a murky world.
SONIA GREENFIELD was born and raised in Peekskill, New York, and her chapbook, “American Parable,” won the 2017 Autumn House Press/Coal Hill Review prize. Her first full-length collection, “Boy with a Halo at the Farmer's Market,” won the 2014 Codhill Poetry Prize. Her work has appeared in a variety of places, including in the 2018 and 2010 Best American Poetry, Antioch Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Los Angeles Review, Massachusetts Review, and Willow Springs. Her collection of prose poems, Letdown, is forthcoming in 2020 with White Pine Press as part of the Marie Alexander Series. She lives with her husband, son, and two rescue dogs in Hollywood where she edits the Rise Up Review and directs the Southern California Poetry Festival.
“Course” by Athena Kildegaard:
In “Course,” Kildegaard traces the course of her mother's life and death, and of her own grief. At the same time, it follows the course of the river where her mother's ashes were placed.
ATHENA KILDEGAARD’s previous books are “Ventriloguy,” (Tinderbox Editions, 2016), "Rare Momentum,” “Bodies of Light” (Red Dragonfly Press, 2011), a finalist for the Minnesota Book Award, “Cloves & Honey” and “Course” (Tinderbox Editions, 2018). She received the LRAC / McKnight Fellowship and grants from the Lake Region Arts Council and the Minnesota State Arts Board. She teaches at the university of Minnesota, Morris.