Kendra DeColo Book Launch
This Saturday night, August 20, Third Man Books presents a book launch party for our newest title MY DINNER WITH RON JEREMY by Kendra DeColo. Admission is FREE!!! Proceeds from sales will be donated to the ACLU.
Sarah Neal McCurry
w/ DJ LG on the decks
"More than anything, DeColo's fearless new poems grapple with the complicated here and now, full of, as she writes, 'a tenderness that wrecks me.’"—Keetje Kuipers, author of The Keys to the Jail
"This often humorous, always provocative book puts a neon backlight on what we have to do, and what we wish we could do." —Adrian Matejka, a 2014 finalist for the Pulitzer Prize
"DeColo manages to coax beauty and meaning from the absurd aching morass of human existence. It’s not every writer who can emerge from these corners with anything approaching grace, much less deft and bracing poems such as these."—The Nashville Scene
"Marvelous poetry … poems that would make great feature films.”—Ron Jeremy, Actor
Saturday, August 20, 7pm
Trax (1501 Ensley Blvd, Nashville, TN 37210)
About the Readers:
Kendra DeColo’s first collection, Thieves in the Afterlife (Saturnalia Books, 2014) was selected by Yusef Komunyakaa for the 2013 Saturnalia Books Poetry Prize and named “Favorite Nashville Poetry Book of 2014” by the Nashville Scene. Her poems have appeared in Indiana Review, Copper Nickel, Verse Daily, and elsewhere. She has received awards and fellowships from the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers Conference, the Millay Colony, and the Tennessee Arts Commission. She is book editor at Muzzle Magazine and guest teaches poetry at Sarah Lawrence College. She lives in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tiana Clark is the author of the forthcoming chapbook Equilibrium, selected by Afaa Michael Weaver for the 2016 Frost Place Chapbook Competition. She is the winner of the 2016 Academy of American Poets Prize and 2015 Rattle Poetry Prize. Tiana is currently an MFA candidate at Vanderbilt University where she serves as Poetry Editor for the Nashville Review. Her writing has appeared in or is forthcoming from Rattle, Best New Poets 2015, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, The Adroit Journal, Muzzle Magazine, Thrush Poetry Journal, The Offing, and elsewhere. Additionally, Tiana graduated from Tennessee State University where she studied Africana and Women’s studies. She has received scholarships to The Sewanee Writers' Workshop, The Frost Place Poetry Seminar, and The New Harmony Writers Workshop. Tiana has recently been awarded funding from the Nashville Metropolitan Arts Commission for her community project, Writing as Resistance, which provides creative writing workshops for trans youth at the Oasis Center.
Lisa Dordal, author of Commemoration, teaches in the English Department at Vanderbilt University. She is a Pushcart Prize nominee and the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize and the Robert Watson Poetry Prize. Her poetry has appeared in a variety of journals including Best New Poets, Cave Wall, CALYX, The Greensboro Review, Nimrod, and Vinyl Poetry. Her first full-length collection of poetry, Mosaic of the Dark, is forthcoming from Black Lawrence Press.
Sarah Neal McCurry received her MFA in Poetry Writing from Sarah Lawrence College. Her poems appear or are forthcoming in: North American Review, Stone Highway Review, The Ilanot Review, Anthem Journal, Muzzle, Almost Five Quarterly, Wilde, Sinister Wisdom, Wicked Alice, Roar and elsewhere. Her chapbook Speak So It Anchors You was published in 2016. She is a poet and photographer and makes home in Columbia, TN with her wife, five dogs and two cats.