Join us for an exhilarating reading from the two latest books from the Mudfish Individual Poets Series (Box Turtle Press): Single Woman by Dell Lemmon and The Gates of Pearl by Jill Hoffman.
With her unmistakeable voice and her sure storytelling, Dell Lemmon's poems rise out of her people, her places, her paradoxical but surprisingly accurate thinking. Her debut collection, Single Woman, questions everything - a shadowed family history, the suicides of beloved artists, a crush on a younger man, political oppression, inevitable aging and loss - with tremendous energy, pleasure, and intimacy.
The Gates of Pearl is a mother/daughter saga, unlike any other, ambitious and relentless. It is a story of family and grief told in two voices as the author's mother, Pearly, confesses her most private self to her grown child. Jill Hoffman alternates poems about her mother with her mother's diary entries and telephone poems chronicling the time leading up to her mother's death from cancer. Overeating, divorce, sexual frustration, give way to the healing power of writing and the beauty of poetry.
Jill Hoffman is the founding editor of Mudfish and Mudfish Individual Poet Series. She is the author of two poetry collections, Mink Coat and black diaries, and a novel, Jilted. She has a Ph.D. from Cornell University, is a Guggenheim Fellow, and has taught at Bard, Barnard, Columbia, the New School, and in the Master’s Program at Brooklyn College. Currently she teaches the Mudfish Writing Workshop in her New York studio. She is also a painter.
Dell Lemmon’s first book of poetry, Single Woman, was published by Box Turtle Press in 2016. Her poems have appeared in Brooklyn Poets Anthology, WSQ, Mudfish, The Straddler, NELLE, and Washington Square Review, among other publications. One poem was nominated for a Pushcart and several have been nominated as finalists in various poetry contests. She received a BFA in acting from Boston University and spent two years studying mime in Paris with Etienne Decroux. Later, she earned an MA and Ph.D. in Performance Studies from New York University. She has read her poems at Poetry Project’s New Year’s Day Marathon, KGB Bar, Cornelia Street café, Brooklyn Poets, and the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown. She lives in Brooklyn.
Monday, April 16, 2018 - 7:00pm