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January 28 @ 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm
In-Person: An Evening with Jen Karetnick, Richard Blanco, and Nicole Tallman
Books & Books presents…
AN EVENING WITH JEN KARETNICK, RICHARD BLANCO, & NICOLE TALLMAN
reading poetry from their books
(Cider Press Review, $18.95)
(Beacon Press, $25.95),
(Elj Editions, $22.00)
Sunday, January 28th, 6:00 PM | Books & Books, Coral Gables
Please join us in listening to poetry from their books: Inheritance with a High Error Rate by Jen Karetnick (Cider Press Review, $18.95), Homeland of My Body: New and Selected Poems by Richard Blanco (Beacon Press, $25.95), and Fersace by Nicole Tallman (Elj Editions, $22.00).
Tickets are FREE and books will be available for purchase at the event.
About Inheritance with a High Error Rate:
With poems that address life on a historic mango grove, empty-nesting motherhood, and Miami’s ecological emergencies, Inheritance with a High Error Rate also asks the larger question: What are we leaving for future generations? In a variety of free verse, received, and invented forms, the answers tackle a range of very South Florida subjects, from never-ending harvests of tropical fruit to octopuses found in parking garages to peacocks who stalk flash-flooded streets.
About Homeland of my Body:
In this collection of over 100 poems, Richard Blanco has carefully selected poems from his previous books that represent his evolution as a writer grappling with his identity, working to find and define “home,” and bookended them with new poems that address those issues from a fresh, more mature perspective, allowing him to approach surrendering the pain and urgency of his past explorations. Pausing at this pivotal moment in mid-career, Blanco reexamines his life-long quest to find his proverbial home and all that it encompasses: love, family, identity and ultimately art itself. In the closing section of the volume, he has come to understand and internalize the idea that “home” is not one place, not one thing, and lives both inside him and inside his art.
The poems range in form, voice, and setting, showcasing his command of craft, but in essence they are one continuous reflection on the existential question at the core of all of Blanco’s poetry: how can we find our place in the world. All are characterized by his keen eye, deep sensibility, and polished craft, without pretense. This volume is a gift to Blanco’s many readers but even more to those who have yet to discover that they can understand, and fall in love with poetry, that a poet can speak to them about his own and their own lives so profoundly, and that this poet, as Barack Obama discovered, can speak for all of us.
Richard Blanco has been justly celebrated for his poetic gifts and his command of the many forms poetry can take, from the finely structured to the prose poem formats. His previous volumes have been praised by Patricia Smith, Eileen Myles, Sandra Cisneros, Elizabeth Alexander, and many others. His poems have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic, and dozens of other publications.
Nicole Tallman’s third book, FERSACE, is a refreshing, fun, and honest handling of hard topics–death, daughterhood, childhood, mental health, displacement, queerdom, work, aging, and other crucial life challenges.
Nicole Tallman’s third book, FERSACE, is a refreshing, fun, and honest handling of hard topics–death, daughterhood, childhood, mental health, displacement, queerdom, work, aging, and other crucial life challenges. In this Michigan-meets-Miami collection, Tallman adjusts to the changing world around her, seeking solace in conversations with the dead and living (including herself), and in new life experiences. With poems arranged in sections inspired by the four seasons she’s lost in her move from Michigan to Miami, Tallman grapples with nostalgia and memory, while learning to embrace her new identity as gringa and her new home that both baffles and entertains. This book is a journey with an ultimate destination that leads to truth, love, and acceptance.
About the Authors:
The winner of the 2022 Cider Press Review Book Award for Inheritance with a High Error Rate (January 2024), selected by Lauren Camp, Jen Karetnick is the author of 10 additional poetry collections, including the chapbook What Forges Us Steel: The Judge Judy Poems (Alternating Current Press, 2024). Her work has won the Tiferet Writing Contest for Poetry, Split Rock Review Chapbook Competition, Hart Crane Memorial Prize, and Anna Davidson Rosenberg Prize, among other honors, and received fellowships and residencies from the Vermont Studio Center, Wildacres Retreat, Mother’s Milk Artist Residency, Centrum, Artists in Residence in the Everglades, and elsewhere. The co-founder and managing editor of SWWIM Every Day, she has recent or forthcoming work in The American Poetry Review, Atlanta Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Cimarron Review, Cold Mountain Review, Harpur Palate, Missouri Review Poem of the Week, Notre Dame Review, Plume, Shenandoah, South Dakota Review, and Tar River Poetry. Jen works as a food-travel writer and cookbook/guidebook author. See jkaretnick.com for more.
Selected by President Obama as the fifth Presidential Inaugural Poet in U.S. history, Richard Blanco was the youngest, the first Latinx, immigrant, and gay person to serve in that role. In 2023, Blanco was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Biden from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Born in Madrid to Cuban exile parents and raised in Miami in a working-class family, Blanco’s personal negotiation of cultural identity and the universal themes of place and belonging characterize Blanco’s many collections of poetry, including his most recent, Homeland of My Body, which reassess traditional notions of home as strictly a geographical, tangible place that merely exist outside us, but rather, within us. He has also authored the memoirs FOR ALL OF US, ONE TODAY: AN INAUGURAL POET’S JOURNEY and THE PRINCE OF LOS COCUYOS: A MIAMI CHILDHOOD. Blanco has received numerous awards, including the Agnes Starrett Poetry Prize, the PEN American Beyond Margins Award, the Patterson Prize, and a Lambda Prize for memoir. He was Woodrow Wilson Fellow and has received numerous honorary degrees. Currently, he serves as Education Ambassador for The Academy of American Poets and is an Associate Professor at Florida International University. In April 2022, Blanco was appointed the first-ever Poet Laureate of Miami-Dade County.
Nicole Tallman is a poet, writer, and editor. Born and raised in Michigan, she lives in Miami and serves as the official Poetry Ambassador for Miami-Dade County, Editor of Redacted Books, Poetry and Interviews Editor for The Blue Mountain Review, and an Associate Editor for South Florida Poetry Journal. She is the author of Something Kindred and Poems for the People (The Southern Collective Experience (SCE) Press), and her latest book is FERSACE (ELJ Editions). She is also the creator and host of ELJ Editions/Redacted Books’ Be Well Reading Series and the Lunchtime Poetry & Jazz Series at Miami-Dade County’s Main Library. Find her on social media @natallman and at nicoletallman.com.