Chris Ransick Author Event

Join author Chris Ransick in a reading & signing of his collection Mummer Prisoner Scavenger Thief: Poems.

Chris Ransick, Denver poet laureate 2006-2010, is the author of six books, including Never Summer: Poems from Thin Air, which won a Colorado Book Award for poetry in 2003, and collection of short stories entitled A Return To Emptiness, a finalist for the 2005 Colorado Book Award in fiction. His new collection of poetry, mummer prisoner scavenger thief, is forthcoming in June 2019 and available from Bower House Books. Chris was born and raised in New York, and has lived in Colorado, Montana, Wyoming, California, and Oregon, working variously as a journalist and professor. Since 2005 he has worked at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver, where he taught the poetry master class and was recognized with the Beacon Award for Teaching Excellence in 2014. He has served as a member of PEN USA’s Freedom to Write Committee and closer to home, he spent eight years serving on his local public library board. His stories and poems have been presented on television, radio, and stage. Chris lives on the central coast of Oregon with his wife, Shannon Skaife.

About the Book: This collection begins in the realm of the mummer whose masked performance conceals the self and transforms language to better evoke what is too risky to speak overtly. Ransick's poems ply this tension between knowing and speaking in cadence and imagery that simultaneously disorients readers and beckons them forward, in lines whose half-remembered music refuses to be predictable. The role of the shunned figures in the title is to draw poems out from the margins of experience, to reclaim voices muted by more powerful forces, an elusive goal only the best poetry can accomplish. Travel along with them as guides, ready to steal and scavenge what you need for your own escape. 

Event date: 
Friday, September 13, 2019 - 7:00pm to 9:00pm
Mummer Prisoner Scavenger Thief: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781942280637
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Bower House - May 15th, 2019