Poetry Reading: "My Wilderness," Maxine Scates; "The Thicket," Kasey Jueds

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Our last event with Pitt Press/Pitt Poetry Series of the year: a spectacular reading with Maxis Scates and Kasey Jueds

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We are excited to host a poetry reading with Maxine Scates, author of My Wilderness, and Kasey Jueds, author of The Thicket, both out now from our friends over at University of PIttsburgh Press/Pitt Poetry Series!

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This event will be hosted on Zoom. You'll receive the link to the Zoom meeting the day of the event via email. Free registration/ticket sales will end at 6:30pm ET on 12/2. Please email if you miss this cut-off and need a ticket. For questions, check out our FAQ for events here.

Praise for these books:

“In Kasey Jueds’s gorgeous new book, The Thicket, every flower, thorn, and body of water is both archetype and fact. These rich lyrics act as doors to a transformation like sleep or like season. Jueds’s poems are like living inside a spell, a magic that is both story and circle. With her close attention to nature and stunning litanies, she enchants the natural world around us and reminds us that through all of our painful changes, ‘how long it takes to become human again.’ Read this book and let yourself be spellbound.” —Traci Brimhall, author of Come the Slumberless to the Land of Nod

“What can be better than poems teeming with understory, of yearning, empathy, and grief? The rarity of this book is its willingness to enact mystery without grasping after resolution or uncorking wisdom, to hold space for the unsayable. These poems demonstrate the urgency of seeing—the motherland, the mother—and the numinous presence of what is felt but can’t be seen. The final sequence is a masterful rendering of mother loss, an arc of unmitigated sublimity.” —Diane Seuss, author of frank: sonnets

About the poets:

Maxine Scates is the author of three previous collections of poetry, Undone, Black Loam, and Toluca Street. She is coeditor, with David Trinidad, of Holding Our Own: The Selected Poems of Ann Stanford. Her poems have appeared widely in such journals as the American Poetry Review, Agni, the New Yorker, Ploughshares, and Poetry. Her poetry is the recipient of two Pushcart Prizes, the Agnes Lynch Starrett Poetry Prize, and the Oregon Book Award for Poetry.

Kasey Jueds is the author of Keeper, which won the 2012 Agnes Lynch Starrett Prize. She lives in New York state’s Catskill Mountains.

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