Virtual Book Launch for Where We Lay Down by Jeffrey Franklin!

Join us for the virtual book launch of Where We Lay Down by Jeffrey Franklin on September 30 at 7 pm! He will be reading with Randall Mann, and Wayne Miller will MC.

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About the Poets:

Jeffrey Franklin grew up in Chattanooga, TN, but for over twenty years has called Denver home. His poetry collections are Where We Lay Down and For the Lost Boys. His poems have appeared in Crab Orchard Review, Hudson Review, Measure, New England Review, Rattle, Shenandoah, Southern Poetry Review, among other places. He is a recipient of the Winner Memorial Award from the Poetry Society of America, and his poetry has appeared in Best American Poetry. He works as a professor at CU Denver.

Randall Mann is the author of five poetry collections, most recently A Better Life, published in April by Persea Books. His poems appeared recently in The Adroit Journal, Copper Nickel, The Cortland Review, jubilat, and elsewhere. A recipient of awards from Poetry and The Kenyon Review and a three-time Lambda Literary Award finalist, he lives in San Francisco.

About the Book:

Where We Lay Down is a multifarious and expansive collection, inclusive of a wide range of voices, places, and experiences, far from a single-themed book. It swings from bathing a baby in the kitchen sink to emptying a grandfather’s closet, from sailing off of Australia to politics in a hardware store in Fairplay, CO, from being awakened in the woods by a porcupine to swimming with manatees in Belize, and from the death of a teenage sister to one’s own aging and mortality. Many of the poems tell a story. Some are dramatic monologues, such as a woman photographer in Nigeria or Huck Finn in middle age. The humor in life is not neglected, with ten or more poems meant to draw a smile. There are six themed sections: 1) Fathers and Sons; 2) Making Love; 3) Making War, historically and politically; 4) Homing, seeking home in multiple places; 5) Totem Animals; and, 6) Full Emptiness, the illusion of an essential identity.

Event date: 
Thursday, September 30, 2021 - 7:00pm