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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 21, 2019
EVENT DATE: Sunday, November 17, 2019, 4:00 p.m.
COST: $10 adults, students no cost
LOCATION: Katonah Village Library Garden Room, Katonah, NY
Poet Deborah Landau to Read for Katonah Poetry Series on November 17
On Sunday, November 17, the Katonah Poetry Series (KPS) is honored to present Deborah Landau. The Los Angeles Times compared Landau to “Dorothy Parker crossed with Sylvia Plath—leaping spark after spark, growing to deadly dark fire … with lines of grave and startling beauty.” At once lyrical and earthy, Landau’s poetry bears witness to the vulnerability of the body in a time of global crisis. Of her most recent book, Soft Targets, Publishers Weekly wrote: “Through the cadence of these poems, which sometimes resemble lullabies in their dreaminess and gorgeous lyricism, Landau captures the ways humans persist, despite our collective anxiety, in our longing for ‘something tender, something that might bloom.’” Hers is an important voice in these uncertain times.
Deborah Landau is the author of four collections of poetry: Soft Targets (2019); The Uses of the Body (2015); and The Last Usable Hour (2011), all Lannan Literary Selections from Copper Canyon Press, and Orchidelirium (2011), selected by Naomi Shihab Nye for the Robert Dana Anhinga Prize for Poetry. In 2016, she was awarded a Guggenheim Fellowship. Landau’s work has appeared in The New Yorker, Boston Review, The Paris Review, Tin House, Poetry, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times; has been selected for The Best American Poetry, and included in anthologies such as Resistance, Rebellion, Life, Please Excuse This Poem: 100 New Poets for the Next Generation, Not for Mothers Only, The Best American Erotic Poems, and Women’s Work: Modern Poets Writing in English. She teaches in and directs the Graduate Creative Writing Program at New York University and lives in Brooklyn with her family.
Doors open at 3:30 p.m. for the reading, which begins at 4:00 p.m., followed by an audience Q&A, reception and book signing. Entry is $10 for adults, with no cost for students with a valid ID. Copies of Landau’s books will be available for sale. For further information and to read our exclusive KPS poet interviews, conducted by poet Ann van Buren, please visit www.katonahpoetry.com.
The Katonah Poetry Series has been showcasing the world’s best poets for more than 50 years. Our readings will continue in the springtime, when we look forward to welcoming Timothy Liu on April 5th and Diana Goetsch on May 31st.