Wilder Words

Thursday, January 13, 2022

Please join us on January 13th, at 6pm EST, for WILDER WORDS, the Work Center’s dynamic, new, virtual reading series featuring 24PearlStreet’s Winter faculty.

This season’s theme is: BEGINNINGS (in honor of the new year). Readers include: Curtis Bauer, Patricia Spears Jones, Adrian Matejka, and Ann Hood.

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Curtis Bauer is the author of three poetry collections, most recently American Selfie (Barrow Street Press, 2019), forthcoming in Spanish translation as Selfi Americano by Vaso Roto Ediciones. His forthcoming translations include the novel The Home Reading Service, by Fabio Morábito (Other Press, November 2021) and the memoir Land of Women, by María Sánchez (Trinity University Press). He is the recipient of a PEN/Heim Translation Fund Grant and a Banff International Literary Translation Centre fellowship. His translation of Jeannette Clariond’s Image of Absence won the International Latino Book Award for Best Nonfiction Book Translation from Spanish to English. Bauer teaches creative writing and comparative literature at Texas Tech University.


Ann Hood, is the author of fourteen novels, four memoirs, a short story collection, a ten book series for middle readers and one young adult novel. Her books include The Obituary Writer and Comfort: A Journey Through Grief. Her essays and short stories have appeared in many journals, magazines, and anthologies, including The Paris Review, Ploughshares, and Tin House. And, she is a regular contributor to The New York Times’ Op-Ed page, Home Economics column. Her most recent work is Kitchen Yarns published with W.W. Norton and Company in early 2019. Ann is a faculty member in the MFA in Creative Writing program at The New School in New York City.


Adrian Matejka is the author of six books, most recently a mixed media collection inspired by Funkadelic, Standing on the Verge & Maggot Brain (Third Man Books, 2021), and a collection of poems Somebody Else Sold the World (Penguin, 2021). His book The Big Smoke (Penguin, 2013), was awarded the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award and was a finalist for the National Book Award and Pulitzer Prize in poetry. Among Matejka’s other honors are fellowships from the Academy of American Poets, the Guggenheim Foundation, the Lannan Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Rockefeller Foundation, and a Simon Fellowship from United States Artists. He is the Ruth Lilly Professor of Poetry at Indiana University Bloomington and was Poet Laureate of the state of Indiana in 2018-19.


Patricia Spears Jones is the author of A Lucent Fire New and Selected Poems (2015) as well as three full-length collections and five chapbooks. She co-edited the groundbreaking anthology, Ordinary Women: An Anthology of New York City Women (1978) and organized and edited THINK: Poems for Aretha Franklin’s Inauguration Day Hat (2009). She was awarded the Jackson Poetry Prize in 2017 and has received grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the New York Foundation for the Arts, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Millay Colony, Yaddo, and more.

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