About Greg Hewett's Blindsight: "Hewett is a poet desperate to know—that ‘knowledge’ is never cheap and always comes at great cost is of no importance, because if anything this poet mistrusts simple vision. He aims deeper, darker. The stakes are high for this poet and his gamble pays off stunningly.”—Kazim…
About Greg Hewett's Blindsight:
"Hewett is a poet desperate to know—that ‘knowledge’ is never cheap and always comes at great cost is of no importance, because if anything this poet mistrusts simple vision. He aims deeper, darker. The stakes are high for this poet and his gamble pays off stunningly.”—Kazim Ali
In poems that are full of wit, touching, and introspective, as well as formally inventive, we find the poet losing his sight, becoming a parent, and occupying middle age with a sense of calm and inevitability. Hewett draws inspiration from the grand and the mundane, the abjection and joy of creating a vision out of blindness. These poems will change how you perceive the world.
Greg Hewett is the author of darkacre (Coffee House Press, 2010), The Eros Conspiracy (2006), Red Suburb (2002), and To Collect the Flesh (New Rivers Press, 1996)—poetry collections that have received a Publishing Triangle Award, two Minnesota Book Award Nominations, a Lambda Book Award Nomination, and an Indie Bound Poetry Top Ten recommendation. The recipient of Fulbright fellowships to Denmark and Norway, Hewett has also been a fellow at the Camargo Foundation in France, and is a professor of English at Carleton College. He is currently finishing a biography of the film noir actor Thomas Gomez.
About Chris Martin's The Falling Down Dance:
“Like the very best we have, Chris Martin is not a motivational speaker, he’s a poet. The Falling Down Dance is the book I want in the drunken frailty of a failing empire. These poems are the earthly manifestation of a beautiful off-grid voice always a cosmic block ahead of us.”—CAConrad
The poems in this book open a field of exploration around failure, love, despair, time, and fatherhood. It is a guide to surviving winter and learning to walk. It is a story about old houses filled with new song. Behold the first raspberry and the last clasping wet of the world as it parts to reveal mercy, a person.
Chris Martin is the author of American Music (Copper Canyon, 2007) and Becoming Weather (Coffee House Press, 2011). He is also the author of several chapbooks, including How to Write a Mistake-ist Poem (Brave Men, 2011), enough (Ugly Duckling, 2012), the serially released CHAT (Flying Object, 2012), and History (Coffee House Press, 2014). After editing one of the first online magazines, Puppy Flowers, for its entire ten-year run, he is now an editor at Futurepoem books and curates the response blog Futurepost.
Attitash and Elisabeth may believe their rare friendship will endure those desperate times, but nothing is easy in the New World. As many newcomers from England arrive, they bring both opportunity and greed. The demand for food increases, and so does fear of the Native people. The fragile peace treaty…
Attitash and Elisabeth may believe their rare friendship will endure those desperate times, but nothing is easy in the New World. As many newcomers from England arrive, they bring both opportunity and greed. The demand for food increases, and so does fear of the Native people. The fragile peace treaty between the Pilgrims and Wampanoag is threatened by treachery, and the friendship between Attitash and Elisabeth faces its toughest challenge.
“The richly developed characters (both those from the Mayflower and those from the land), and their friendships, loves, and feuds, make this narrative immensely enjoyable. The characters are well anchored in their time—the author enlivens their words, dreams, spiritual beliefs, fears and courage in vivid ways—and they come alive as we read. In fact, after the novel ended I could still see and hear the people and their actions, as well as their environment.” - Kramarae.
Kathleen Vellenga spent fourteen years as a Minnesota State Legislator, focusing on breaking down cultural barriers and empowering people. As executive director of the St. Paul Children’s Initiative, she led the establishment of multicultural Family Centers in St. Paul, including the American Indian Family Center. The Minnesota Indian Affairs Council honored her “in appreciation of your effort to support the needs of our children and their families.” She lives in St. Paul, Minnesota.
Imagine a world where everyone read an hour each day. What would that world look like, and would it be better than the one we're living in? Join the Loft as we host Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James and Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas for a wide-ranging conversation…
Imagine a world where everyone read an hour each day. What would that world look like, and would it be better than the one we're living in? Join the Loft as we host Man Booker Prize winner Marlon James and Executive Director of the National Book Foundation Lisa Lucas for a wide-ranging conversation about the importance, issues, and opportunities that books bring to our lives and culture.
Co-presented with the Minnesota Book Publishers' Roundtable, and with generous support from the Guthrie Theater.
Tickets will be $15 ($10 for members) and will go on sale January 18, 2017.
Lisa Lucas is the Executive Director of the National Book Foundation. Prior to joining the Foundation, she served as the Publisher of Guernica, a non-profit online magazine focusing on writing that explores the intersection of art and politics with an international and diverse focus. Lucas also serves on the literary council of the Brooklyn Book Festival.
Marlon James was born in Jamaica in 1970. His most recent novel, A Brief History of Seven Killings, won the 2015 Man Booker Prize. It was also a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award and won the OCM Bocas Prize for Caribbean Literature for fiction, the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award for fiction, and the Minnesota Book Award. It was also a New York Times Notable Book. James is also the author of The Book of Night Women, which won the 2010 Dayton Literary Peace Prize and the Minnesota Book Award, and was a finalist for the 2010 National Book Critics Circle Award in fiction and an NAACP Image Award. His first novel, John Crow’s Devil, was a finalist for the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for first fiction and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and was a New York Times Editors’ Choice. James is a Loft board member and lives in Minneapolis.
About Big Ideas
"The purpose of art is to lay bare the questions that have been hidden by the answers.” James Baldwin said that. And we agree.
In a time when you can follow the news and access almost any piece of information at any time, it can feel overwhelming to even make sense of these fundamental questions about life and the world. At the Loft, we believe storytelling and poetry offer a way to take a deep dive into the big questions we face, providing new angles, empathies, and insights.