Morality Play with Readings

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Morality Play with Readings

Join us for a multi-genre reading with new work presented by Lauren Hilger, Cassidy McFadzean, and Mary Zhou.

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A Novel Idea on Passyunk 1726 East Passyunk Avenue Philadelphia, PA 19148

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“Lauren Hilger’s Morality Play is a dance lesson in duality, when duality is multiplied, of what was, what is, real and imagined. A disquieting, reassuring look at how we see who we were, Hilger’s visions feel like past and future encouragement, an all-knowing theatre performance. I found myself unable to shake one of the opening lines, ‘I know how to live my life now.’ Because by the end of the book, I feel I do too.” —Shauna Barbosa

Like a wild song fluent in, and flung against, awkward self-delusion and constrictive cultural norms, Morality Play offers a vision of womanhood as expansive as lucid dreaming, where all the “wrong words” become our “mother tongue.” In Morality Play, Lauren Hilger forges a restless path between the impressionable folly of youth and the boundlessness of individual becoming. Join us for a multi-genre reading with new work presented by Lauren Hilger, Cassidy McFadzean, and Mary Zhou.

Saturday, October 1st 6pm at A Novel Idea on Passyunk

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Lauren Hilger is the author of Lady Be Good (CCM, 2016) and Morality Play (Poetry NW Editions, Summer 2022). Named a Nadya Aisenberg Fellowin poetry from MacDowell, she has also received fellowships from the Hambidge Center and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her work has appeared in BOMB, Harvard Review, Kenyon Review, Pleiades, The Threepenny Review, West Branch, and elsewhere. She serves as a poetry editor for No Tokens.

Cassidy McFadzean was born in Regina, earned an MFA in poetry from the Iowa Writers’ Workshop, and currently lives in Brooklyn. She is the author of two books of poetry: Drolleries (McClelland & Stewart 2019), shortlisted for the Raymond Souster Award, and Hacker Packer (M&S 2015), which won two Saskatchewan Book Awards and was a finalist for the Gerald Lampert Memorial Award. A new chapbook, Third State of Being is available from Gaspereau Press.

Mary Zhou (they/she) is an artist based in Philadelphia. Their poetry is forthcoming in Oversound and Philadelphia Poet Laureate Trapeta B. Mayson’s Healing Verse Poetry Line.