Rocket Fantastic: Poets Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Alan Shapiro discuss their new books

Tue 10/17, 7pm:
Rocket Fantastic: Poets Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Alan Shapiro discuss their new books

We're thrilled to host poet Gabrielle Calvocoressi, who will discuss her new book Rocket Fantastic with Alan Shapiro, author most recently of Life Pig.

About Gabrielle Calvocoressi and Rocket Fantastic:

From the author of The Last Time I Saw Amelia Earhart, a spellbinding reinvention of self, family, and gender.

Like nothing before it, Rocket Fantastic reinvents the landscape and language of the body in interconnected poems that entwine a fabular past with an iridescent future by blurring, with disarming vulnerability, the real and the imaginary. Sorcerous, jazz-tinged, erotic, and wide-eyed, this is a pioneering work by a space-age balladeer.

 
Gabrielle Calvocoressi is the author of two previous collections. Her poems have been featured in American Poetry Review, Boston Review, The New York Times, and Washington Post. She is Assistant Professor and Walker Percy Fellow in Poetry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.

About Alan Shapiro and Life Pig:

Alan Shapiro’s newest book of poetry is situated at the intersection between private and public history, as well as individual life and the collective life of middle-class America in the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. Whether writing about an aged and dying parent or remembering incidents from childhood and adolescence, Shapiro attends to the world in ways that are as deeply personal as they are recognizable and freshly social—both timeless and utterly of this particular moment.

Alan Shapiro has published many books, including Reel to Reel, a Pulitzer Prize finalist. A member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, he is the William R. Kenan Jr. Distinguished Professor of English at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. A new collection of essays, That Self-Forgetful Perfectly Useless Concentration, is also available this fall from the University of Chicago Press.

Event date: 
Tuesday, October 17, 2017 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Chapel Hill, NC 27514
Rocket Fantastic: Poems Cover Image
$25.95
ISBN: 9780892554850
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Persea Books - September 12th, 2017

Life Pig Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9780226404172
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Chicago Press - September 5th, 2016