Julia Kolchinsky Dasbach - The Many Names for Mother & Jose Padua - A Short History of Monsters

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Saturday, September 28, 2019 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Author of the chapbook The Bear Who Ate the Stars, Dasbach won the 2018 Stan and Tom Wick Poetry Prize for her first full-length collection, which contest judge Ellen Bass called "a compelling book about origins.” One strand of Dasbach’s work explores ancestral histories, and she writes powerfully about being the descendant of Holocaust survivors. A piece on traveling to the death camps in Poland while pregnant segues into a series of poems titled “Other women don’t tell you”—named after Dasbach’s blog on motherhood—in which she explores unspoken or taboo aspects of bearing children.


Padua, now living in D.C., is a veteran of the New York spoken-word scene, and every line of his brash and bold debut collection is alive with the rhythms of poetry slams. Awarded the 2019 Miller Williams Poetry Prize, judged by Billy Collins, the book rides the poles of both anguish and hope, chronicling Padua’s uncertain progress toward the American Dream. Gifted with a wry dark wit and a sharp sense of the absurd, Padua plumbs the depths of nightmare and excess as well as he scales the heady heights of epiphany.


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Fiction & Poetry
The Many Names for Mother (Wick First Book) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781606353738
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: Kent State University Press - September 3rd, 2019

A Short History of Monsters: Poems (Miller Williams Poetry Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682260944
Availability: Special Order—Subject to Availability
Published: University of Arkansas Press - March 27th, 2019

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