Poetry with Elijah Burrell and Anders Carlson-Wee
Dragonfly Books is pleased to present an evening of poetry and conversation with Anders Carlson-Wee and Elijah Burrell. Everyone is invited to this free event featuring two midwest poets. Carlson-Wee and Burrell will talk about their new books and share their poetry on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 PM at Dragonfly Books.
Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of The Low Passions (W. W. Norton 2019). Explosive and incantatory, The Low Passions traces the fringes of the American experiment through the eyes of a young drifter. Pathologically frugal, reckless, and vulnerable, the narrator of these viscerally compelling poems scavenges forgotten places for tangible forms of faith. With a devoted ear and sensitive eye, Carlson-Wee’s poetry shapes an intimate portrait.
Elijah Burrell is the author of Troubler (Aldrich Press 2018). In the poems of Troubler, the past and present echo one another as “Troubler” comes visiting. Infused with beautiful language and empathy, Troubler explores faith, suffering, love, loss, youth, and mortality. Readers will be captivated by the scope and detail of Burrell’s new collection.
In addition to The Low Passions, Anders Carlson-Wee is the author of the chapbooks Dynamite, winner of the Frost Place Chapbook Prize; Two-Headed Boy; and Mercy Songs. He is the winner of the 2017 Poetry International Prize and the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the McKnight Foundation among others. Carlson-Wee holds an MFA from Vanderbilt University and lives in Minneapolis.
Elijah Burrell was raised in Missouri and has lived there for most of his life. In addition to Troubler, Burrell is the author of the poetry collection The Skin of the River (Aldrich Press 2014). He earned his MFA in Writing and Literature at Bennington College’s Writing Seminars and his work has appeared in AGNI, North American Review, Southwest Review, and more. Burrell teaches creative writing and literature at Lincoln University in Jefferson City, Missouri.
Everyone is invited to join Dragonfly Books for this free event on Friday, May 3 at 7:00 PM. If you find that you can't make it to the event but would still like to purchase a book, just give Dragonfly Books a call at 563-382-4275. One of our staff will be glad to reserve a book and have it autographed for you.
This event is sponsored by Dragonfly Books at 112 W. Water St., Decorah and is free and open to the public.
In a knockout debut collection haunted by shame, violence, and the darkest of our human origins, Anders Carlson-Wee mines nourishment and holiness from our depths.
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