Date(s) - Wednesday, October 17, 2018
Calvin Coolidge Museum
Our Work and Why We Do It: Arch Optimism
In “Please Stand Still the Doors Are Closing” the poet Anne Boyer writes of and as a radical writer who, “will fail to produce what we should, or to write or speak articulately enough, to reason clearly enough, to be always right, to be thoughtful or expansive enough, to be responsible at our work’s distribution…[but] we brave our errors in thought for the possibility that to see them demonstrated will allow others to get toward a rightness we missed.” This sense of getting toward something at work is the theme for this evening’s reading, featuring three writers whose work—restless, sagacious, funny, skeptical, hopeful—captures this essence uniquely.
Arda Collins is the author of It Is Daylight, which was awarded the Yale Series of Younger Poets Prize. She is Special Issues Editor for jubilat and teaches at Smith College.
Rachel B. Glaser is the author of the novel Paulina & Fran, the story collection Pee On Water, and the poetry books MOODS and HAIRDO. She was recently named one of Granta’s Best of Young American Novelists. She lives and writes in Northampton, MA.
Zoe Tuck was born in Texas, became a person in California, and now lives in Massachusetts, where she is an MA-PhD student at Umass Amherst. She co-curates the But Also house reading series, and co-edits HOLD: a journal. Zoe is the author of Terror Matrix, and is working on a new poetry manuscript and a critical book of trans poetics.