Join us to celebrate the release of Reason's Dream by Roger Mitchell. David Wojahn writes of these poems that "their ultimate aim is the clarity of thought that can only arise from a sensibility that is deeply self-aware but never self-important. These are wry, rueful, and subtly original poems—the work of a contemporary master." Roger Mitchell is joined by poet Elaine Sexton, author of Prospect/Refuge.
Roger Mitchell is the author of twelve books of poetry, most recently Reason’s Dream. His new and selected poems, Lemon Peeled the Moment Before, was published by Ausable Press in 2008. It won the Adirondack Center for Writing's "Readers' Choice Award" the following year. The University of Akron Press published his two previous books, Half/Mask, in 2007 and Delicate Bait, which Charles Simic chose for the Akron Prize, in 2003. Mitchell spent the largest part of his working life at Indiana University. Other recognition for his writing includes the Midland Poetry Award, the John Ben Snow Award for Clear Pond, a work of non-fiction, two fellowships each from the Indiana Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts. His work appears in numerous anthologies, including the Penguin anthology, Zoo of the New: Poems to Read Now, edited by Nick Laird and Don Patterson. Currently, he is Poetry Editor of the ezine Hamilton Stone Review. He and his wife, the fiction writer, Dorian Gossy, live in Jay, New York.
Elaine Sexton is the author of three collections of poetry most recently, Prospect/Refuge, from Sheep Meadow Press. Her poems, reviews, and works in text and image work have appeared in in print and online in journals including Art in America, American Poetry Review, Poetry, New Letters, Plume, and Poetry Daily. She is a contributing editor to On the Seawall, and visual arts editor for Tupelo Quarterly. She has taught in the graduate writing program at City College (CUNY), and teaches bookmaking, writing, and text and image at various programs, here and abroad, including Sarah Lawerence College, NYU, Poets House, and Arts Workshop International (Assisi). www.elainesexton.org