Kate Bonnici & Laura Hogan | Poetry Reading & Signing

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Join Ernest & Hadley Booksellers on Friday, March 1, from 5:30-7:00 PM as we welcome poets Kate Bolton Bonnici and Laura Reece Hogan! They will be reading and discussing their works, and the featured books will be available for signing. Please RSVP on Eventbrite!

Kate Bolton Bonnici grew up in rural Alabama, and holds degrees from Harvard; NYU Law; the University of California, Riverside; and UCLA. Her debut collection, Night Burial, won the 2020 Colorado Prize for Poetry. She is an assistant professor of English at Pepperdine University. A True & Just Record invites us to the three-way crossroads of poetry, feminist rhetorics, and early modern studies. Bonnici weaves together archival materials from the English witch trials, 20th century poets and philosophers, and her own family. With fury and care, haunted by absences, these poems - all also forms of experimental scholarship - interrogate, disrupt, and play.

'Witch as spell, curse, praise, eulogy, recovery, incantation, archival raid and save... A wicked and wise achievement.' - Fred D'Aguiar, author of Letters to America and For the Unnamed

Laura Reece Hogan holds a Master of Arts in theology from St. John's Seminary in Camarillo, California. She is a Lay Carmelite, an attorney, a poet, and author of I Live, No Longer IO Garden-Dweller, and Litany of Flights. Winner of the Backwaters Prize in Poetry, Butterfly Nebula reaches from the depths of the sea to the edges of space to chart intersections of the physical universe, the divine, the human, and the constantly unfolding experience of being “one thing in the act of becoming another.” This collection of poems teems with creatures and cosmic phenomena that vivify and reveal our common struggle toward faith and identity. The longing and metamorphosis of the human heart and soul are reimagined in an otherworldly landscape of firework jellyfish, sea slug, stingray, praying mantis, butterfly and moth, moon and star, and celestial events ranging from dark matter and Kepler’s Supernova remnant to a dozen classified nebulae. Our desire for purpose and renewal collides with the vast constellation of divine possibility in this collection, which invites the reader to enter a transformative world both deeply interior and embracing of the far-flung cosmos.

"Laura Reece Hogan's Butterfly Nebula is a 'prayer . . . of the whole body, / of clamor and catastrophe, of take me and make me, of chaos / and clarity.' Hogan's words 'speak sky, ' their gravitational pull irresistible. With poems that whirl us through space; propel us across continents; hurl us through time and its tales; then plunge us deep into sea, woods, body, and faith, the author redefines metamorphosis. Astronomical, biological, ecological, theological, metaphorical: these 'dark nebula[e]' are ours, 'cradling new stars.' How dazzling the shine of these poems, how far-reaching the trek of their light."--Marjorie Maddox, author of Begin with a Question

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Event date: 
Friday, March 1, 2024 - 5:30pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
1928 7Th St
Tuscaloosa, AL 35401-1829
Butterfly Nebula (The Backwaters Prize in Poetry) By Laura Reece Hogan Cover Image
ISBN: 9781496236104
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: The Backwaters Press - October 1st, 2023