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WLT On the Craft of Writing: “Writing Poetry”

October 7, 2021 8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT

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WLT hosts On the Craft of Writing talks a few times a year, partnering with an indie bookstore or other community organization, featuring authors discussing their craft in relation to their newest releases.

“If I feel physically as if the top of my head were taken off, I know that is poetry.” – Emily Dickinson

For this latest WLT On the Craft of Writing, we’re talking poetry with two of our favorite poets: Usha Akella and Kirk Wilson, both with new collections out.

In I Will Not Bear You Sons, Usha Akella’s poems are the medium for the unsilenced voice both of her own story and those of women across various cultures. As poet Anne Waldman said, “We are truly at precipice and this poetry can help wake up the world to itself.”

Kirk Wilson’s Songbox, winner of the 2020 Trio Award, is the testament of a mature poet confronting the dissolution of American assumptions, the precarious nature of identity, and the alchemical strangeness of experience. As poet Naomi Shihab Nye said, “these are poems to return to again and again.”

Join us for this conversation moderated by WLT Executive Director Becka Oliver.

Support our indie bookstore partner for this event, Book Woman. You can find our guests’ books via this special event page on Bookshop.org.

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Kirk Wilson’s books include the story collection Out of Season, the poetry collection Songbox, the poetry chapbook The Early Word, and Unsolved, a nonfiction crime study published in six editions in the US and UK. Kirk’s fiction, nonfiction, and poetry are widely published in literary journals and anthologies. His awards include an National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the Elixir Press Fiction Award, the Trio House Press Trio Award, Editor’s Awards and other prizes in all three genres, and two Pushcart nominations. Kirk’s past lives include adventures in film, journalism, and advertising. He lives in Austin, Texas with his wife Donna M. Johnson, author of the memoir Holy Ghost Girl.


October 7, 2021
8:00 PM - 9:30 PM CDT
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