First Saturday Poetry

This month we welcome Brian Barker and Nicky Beer for our First Saturday Poetry Series!
Happy Hour mingling starts at 4:30, reading starts at 5:30.

Brian Barker is the author of three books of poetry, Vanishing Acts (SIU Press, 2019), The Black Ocean (SIU Press, 2011), and The Animal Gospels (Tupelo Press, 2006). His poems have appeared in such journals as Poetry, The Gettysburg Review, American Poetry Review, TriQuarterly, The Washington Post, Indiana Review, The Cincinnati Review, Blackbird, and Pleiades. He teaches at the University of Colorado Denver, where he is a poetry editor of Copper Nickel. Learn more at www.brianbarker.net.

In Vanishing Acts, Brian Barker cements his reputation as one of contemporary poetry’s great surrealists. These prose poems read like dreams and nightmares, fables and myths. With a dark whimsicality, Barker explores such topics as extinction, power, class, the consequences of tyranny and war, and the ongoing destruction of the environment in the name of progress.

Nicky Beer is the author of The Octopus Game (2015) and The Diminishing House (2010), both winners of the Colorado Book Award for Poetry. Her honors include an NEA, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, and a scholarship and fellowship from the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is an associate professor at the University of Colorado Denver, where she is a poetry editor for Copper Nickel.

In The Octopus Game, the figure of the octopus shape-shifts and reinvents itself throughout ocean depths, tide pools, aquariums, gardens, movies, pulp novels, fine art, and nightmares. Nicky Beer acts as the strange documentarian recording the bizarre, beautiful, and disturbing habits of creatures for whom subterfuge and mimicry are a means of survival.

Event date: 
Saturday, August 3, 2019 - 4:30pm
Vanishing Acts (Crab Orchard Series in Poetry) Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780809337279
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Southern Illinois University Press - March 11th, 2019

The Octopus Game Cover Image
$15.95
ISBN: 9780887485930
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Carnegie Mellon University Press - February 3rd, 2015