Poetry Reading: The Soluble Hour, a tribute to Hillary Gravendyk
Join us for a tribute and Poetry Reading: The Soluble Hour by Hillary Gravendyk, featuring Cynthia Arrieu-King with Michael Robins, Ruben Quesada, Jennifer Scappettone, Valerie Wallace, and Sam Corfman.
The Soluble Hour is a collection of lyrical love poems to a beloved and to friends and family. Steeped in a naturalist and Californian poetic, Gravendyk's poems sing about the inevitable separation between those we love and ourselves, and imagine in the past and in the future, the life of a spirit.
Originally from Washington State, Hillary Gravendyk earned her PhD in American Literature from the University of California Berkley and was a professor of American Literature at Pomona College in Claremont, California. Her book Harm won the X awards and her second posthumous book The Soluble Hour are both available from Omnidawn. A scholar of Larry Eigner and of disability and illness studies, Dr. Gravendyk also wrote young adult fiction in collaboration with her colleague Colleen Rosenthal. Her students, colleagues, friends and family miss her very much.
Cynthia Arrieu-King is an associate professor of creative writing at Stockton University in New Jersey. Her books include People are Tiny in Paintings of China, and Manifest, winner of the Gatewood Prize chosen by Harryette Mullen. Her poems appeared this past year in Poetry, TriQuarterly, the tiny, and Crazyhorse. She collected the posthumous volume of poems for Omnidawn at the request of family and with the wise guidance of Rusty Morrison, editor in chief at Omnidawn.
Michael Robins is the author of People You May Know (Saturnalia Books, 2020), In Memory of Brilliance & Value, Ladies & Gentlemen, The Next Settlement, which received the Vassar Miller Prize in Poetry, and the chapbooks Only Sunshine, Little Felons, and Circus. Born in Portland, Oregon, Robins holds degrees from the University of Oregon and the University of Massachusetts-Amherst. He teaches literature and creative writing at Columbia College Chicago, and lives in the Portage Park neighborhood.
Ruben Quesada teaches Latinx Literatures, Poetry and Translation at Vermont College of Fine Arts, Columbia College Chicago, UCLA Writers' Program, and ChiArts. A gifted writer, editor and translator with over a decade of practical experience and training, Dr. Quesada is the editor of a forthcoming volume of essays Latino Poetics from University of New Mexico Press, author of poetry collection Next Extinct Mammal, and translator of Luis Cernuda's poetry, Exiled from the Throne of Night.
An artist, translator, and teacher, Jennifer Scappettone was born and raised in New York. The recipient of a PhD from the University of California, Berkeley, in 2005, she has lived in Italy, Virginia, Japan, California, and Chicago. Her collections of poetry are the chapbooks Err-Residence (2007), Beauty (Is the New Absurdity) (2007), and Thing Ode / Ode oggettuale (2008), translated into Italian with Marco Giovenale, as well as the book-length From Dame Quickly (2009) and The Republic of Exit 43 (Atelos, 2016). Scappettone teaches at the University of Chicago.
Valerie Wallace is the author of House of McQueen, selected by Vievee Francis for the 2016 Four Way Books Intro Prize (Spring 2018), and the chapbook The Dictators’ Guide to Good Housekeeping. Margaret Atwood chose 10 of her poems for the Atty Award and she has received an Illinois Arts Council Literary Award and the San Miguel Writers’ Conference Poetry Award. Valerie lives in Chicago, where she teaches with the City Colleges of Chicago, the Newberry Library, gives private workshops, and is Assistant Director, Communications, for the project Virtue, Happiness, & the Meaning of Life at the University of Chicago.
S. Brook Corfman is the author of Luxury, Blue Lace, chosen by Richard Siken for the Autumn House Rising Writer Prize (forthcoming November 2018), and a chapbook, Meteorites, forthcoming from DoubleCross Press sooner than that. A small-press poetry reviewer for Publishers Weekly and the recipient of fellowships from Lambda Literary and the University of Pittsburgh, recent work has appeared (or will appear soon) in DIAGRAM, Indiana Review, Muzzle, Territory, and Quarterly West (Best of the Net Nomination), among other places. Born and raised in Chicago, the life now plays out from a turret in Pittsburgh.