Please join us for a poetry reading of new work by Hugh Martin, The Stick Soldiers (BOA Editions, Ltd.), Brandon Shimoda, Portuguese (Tin House Books and Octopus Books), and Greg Wrenn, Centaur (University of Wisconsin Press).
The Stick Soldiers explores war, masculinity, and return to civilian life in this Poulin Prize-winning debut poetry collection by Iraq war veteran Hugh Martin. “This is as good as first books get…the idea that poetry can invest and transport in terms of an unlikely experience is now almost lost.” —Norman Dubie. Hugh Martin holds an MFA from Arizona State University. He is a Stegner Fellow at Stanford University.
Portuguese, Brandon Shimoda’s fourth book in a series, is foremost a continuation of his ongoing documentation, through poetry, of his own piecing together of who he is and where he comes from. “It is not too much to say that Shimoda is writing, somehow, impossibly, the universal autobiography of a nation…” —Huffington Post. Shimoda is the author of three previous books of poetry—O Bon, The Girl Without Arms, and The Alps—among other solo and collaborative works. Born in California, he has since lived in eleven states and five countries.
Greg Wrenn’s debut collection Centaur is winner of the 2013 Brittingham Prize in Poetry, selected by Terrance Hayes. “This is a masterful poetic debut marked by lyric brilliance and difficult, yet gleaming wisdom.” —Katie Ford, author of Colosseum. Greg Wrenn is a recipient of the Lyric Poetry Award from the Poetry Society of America. His work has appeared in New England Review, The American Poetry Review, The Yale Review, and elsewhere. He is a Jones Lecturer at Stanford University.