First Saturday Poetry Series

Join Jodie Hollander and Emily Pérez for our First Saturday Poetry Series!

Happy Hour mingling starts at 4:30, reading starts at 5:30.

Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. She studied poetry in England and has published her work in journals such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Warwick Review, Agenda, and Australia’s Best Poems, 2011, and Australia’s Best Poems of 2015. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, a Hawthornden Fellowship in Scotland, a residency at Chateau de La Napoule in France, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015. In the fall she was guest editor for Poetry Quarterly, and is currently the poetry editor for GARO, the new online journal for the Rocky Mountain Land Library. More information is available at

About My Dark Horses: 
Set against the charms and vicissitudes of growing up in a family of musicians, Jodie Hollander's beautifully-structured and compelling debut follows the story of a daughter's maturing relationship with her mother. Interspersed with versions of Rimbaud, and always alert to the surreal comedy of the human condition, these powerful and immediate poems chart with huge passion, musicality and insight a complex journey towards familial understanding and reconciliation.


Emily Pérez is the author of Backyard Migration Route, (Finishing Line Press) a poetry chapbook exploring literal and figurative borders from her childhood on the Texas/Mexico border. She graduated with honors from Stanford University and earned an MFA at the University of Houston, where she served as a poetry editor for Gulf Coast and taught with Writers in the Schools. A recipient of grants and scholarships from the Artist Trust, Jack Straw Writers, Bread Loaf Writers’ Workshop, Summer Literary Seminars, and Inprint, Houston, she is also a member of the Community of Writers at Squaw Valley. Her poems have appeared in journals including Crab Orchard Review, Calyx, Borderlands, and DIAGRAM. She teaches English in Denver where she lives with her husband and sons.

House of Sugar, House of Stone weaves Grimm’s Fairy Tales into the business of modern life—laptops and late nights with sleepless children—to explore an undercurrent of terror about living in a family. These poems slip between the worlds of the wolf-haunted forest and the harried house of the contemporary artist/parent, until the two blend and bleed into each other. Children learn not to trust their parents, while simultaneously yearning to win back their affections. Parents similarly question their own trustworthiness as protectors. They are devoured by children, which leaves them equally apt to dismember a lion to protect their young as they are to leave those children alone in the woods. These musical, emotionally ruthless pieces occasionally find respite, but Pérez reminds us that despite our best efforts to map our way to safety: “Either way // you’re lost. Either way / you’ll wander into deeper woods.”

Event date: 
Saturday, January 6, 2018 - 4:30pm
House of Sugar, House of Stone (Mountain West Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781885635495
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Published: University Press of Colorado - March 15th, 2016

My Dark Horses (Pavilion Poetry Lup) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781786940049
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Published: Liverpool University Press - September 1st, 2017

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ISBN: 9781904551881
Availability: Out of Print
Published: tall lighthouse - November 20th, 2012