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Corey Van Landingham Book Release Reading

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Creative Writing
Analog Wine Bar
Apr 25, 2024   5:30 pm  
john dudek
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Join us in celebrating the release of Professor Corey Van Landingham's latest poetry collection, Reader, I. Corey will read from her work and be joined by John Dudek.

"Reader, I draws its title from the conclusion to Charlotte Brontë's Jane Eyre: "Reader, I married him." Spanning the first years of a marriage, the speaker in Reader, I both courts and eschews nuptial myths, as its speaker—tender and callous, skeptical and hopeful, daughter and lover—finds a role for herself in marriage, in history, in something beyond the self. While these poems burn with a Plathian fire, they also address and invite in a reader who is, as in Jane Eyre, a confidant. Steeped in a world of husbands and fathers, patriarchal nations and power structures, Reader, I traverses bowling alleys and hospital rooms, ancient Troy and public swimming pools, to envision domestic life as a metaphor for civic life, and vice versa." More here.

Corey Van Landingham is the author of Antidote, winner of the 2012 The Ohio State University Press/The Journal Award in Poetry, Love Letter to Who Owns the Heavens (Tupelo Press), winner of the 2023 Levis Reading Prize, and Reader, I (forthcoming from Sarabande Books in Spring 2024). Her work has appeared in American Poetry Review, The Best American PoetryBoston Review, and The New Yorker. A recipient of a NEA Fellowship and a Wallace Stegner Poetry Fellowship from Stanford University, she teaches in the MFA Program at the University of Illinois.                                         

John Dudek's creative work has appeared in Cimarron Review, The Southern Review, The Carolina Quarterly, Grist, The Journal, Lake Effect, The Midwest Review, Passages North, and elsewhere. He currently serves as Associate Director of Creative Writing at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

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