BookPeople of Moscow welcomes poets Alexandra Teague and Robert Wrigley of Moscow, Idaho at 7:30 p.m., Wednesday, December 6. They will read from the new book “Bullets into Bells: Poets and Citizens Respond to Gun Violence,” which is the first poetry anthology in the United States focused on the effects of widespread gun violence. The book pairs contemporary poems with responses by gun violence survivors, family members of victims, law enforcement officers, clergy members, politicians, and a range of other voices. Other local poets, activists, and writers with also read from the book. Alexandra Teague, one of the anthology's editors, and will share a bit of background about the project. Books will be available for sale and signing.
Alexandra Teague is also the author of “Mortal Geography,” winner of the 2009 Lexi Rudnitsky Prize and 2010 California Book Award Gold Medal in Poetry. The recipient of a Stegner Fellowship, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, and the 2014 Missouri Review Editors’ Prize, she has been published in journals including The Threepenny Review, The Southern Review, and The New England Review. She is an assistant professor of poetry at University of Idaho, an editor for Broadsided Press, and a founding member of the BASK interdisciplinary arts collective.
Robert Wrigley has published ten books of poetry: The Sinking of Clay City (Copper Canyon Press, 1979); Moon In a Mason Jar (University of Illinois, 1986); What My Father Believed (Illinois, 1991); In the Bank of Beautiful Sins (Penguin, 1995); Reign of Snakes (Penguin, 1999); Lives of the Animals (Penguin, 2003); Earthly Meditations: New and Selected Poems (Penguin, 2006); Beautiful Country (Penguin, 2010); and most recently The Church of Omnivorous Life: Selected Poems (UK: Bloodaxe Books, 2013); and Anatomy of Melancholy & Other Poems (New York: Penguin, 2013). Wrigley’s poems have appeared in dozens of magazines and literary journals, including The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, and Poetry. He teaches in the University of Idaho MFA creative writing program. He lives with his wife, the writer Kim Barnes, in the woods, near Moscow, Idaho.
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