With Denver Butson, Jennifer Michael Hecht, and James Tolan
Tuesday March 13 at 7:00PM
7at Book Court
163 Court Street between Pacific and Dean Street.
Denver Butson is the author of three books of poetry: triptych (The Commoner Press, 1999), Mechanical Birds (St. Andrews College Press, 2000) and illegible address (Luquer Street Press, 2003). His poems have also appeared in journals such as The Yale Review, Ontario Review, Field, Willow Springs, knockout, exquisite corpse¸ and The Chattahoochee Review, among others, in anthologies edited by Billy Collins, Garrison Keillor, and Agha Shahid Ali, and on Keillor’s Writer’s Almanac on National Public Radio. A frequent collaborator with artists in other media, Butson has worked with Pietro Costa (on the NYFA-winning Blood Works and on the internationally exhibited grace), Bush-Fellow Photographer Cedric N. Chatterley, and Grammy –nominated violist Mat Maneri.
Emmy-Award winning filmmaker Eric Maierson is currently working on a film adaptation of Butson’s poem “what she was wearing,” to feature Butson’s wife -- local actress/filmmaker Rhonda Keyser. Butson has recently finished two new manuscripts of poems –the invention of your sleeping body and sixty-five drowning ghazals.
A long-time resident of Cobble Hill and Carroll Gardens, Butson lives with Keyser and their daughter, who attends PS 29.
Jennifer Michael Hecht is the author of three history books and two volumes of poetry. Her bestseller Doubt: A Historydemonstrates a long, strong history of religious doubt. Hecht’sThe End of the Soul: Scientific Modernity, Atheism, and Anthropology won the Phi Beta Kappa Society’s 2004 Ralph Waldo Emerson Award “for scholarly studies that contribute significantly to interpretations of the intellectual and cultural condition of humanity.” Her most recent book, The Happiness Myth brings a skeptical eye to modern wisdom about the good life. Hecht’s poetry books are The Next Ancient World which won three poetry awards, and Funny which Publisher’s Weeklycalled “one of the most original and entertaining books of the year.” In 2010 she served as one of the five judges for the Nonfiction category of the National Book Award. Her prose and poetry appear in The New York Times, The New Yorker, The Boston Globe, and The Washington Post. Hecht earned her Ph.D. in the History of Science from Columbia University in 1995 and now teaches in the Graduate Writing Program at The New School University and the MFA Writing Program of Columbia University. Her new prose book, Stay: A History of Suicide and a Philosophy Against It will be coming out with Yale University Press in 2013 and her new poetry book, Who Said, will also be coming out next year, with Copper Canyon.
James Tolan is author of the chapbooks Red Walls (Dos Madres Press) and Whiskey and the Rake of Mourning (Deadly Chaps). His poems appear in such journals as American Literary Review, Atlanta Review, Fairy Tale Review, Fulcrum, Gargoyle, Indiana Review, Linebreak, and Ploughshares as well as a number of anthologies, including the Autumn House Anthology of Contemporary Poetry. He is co-editor of the forthcoming New America, an anthology of contemporary literature (Autumn House Press) and an Associate Professor at the City University of New York. He lives a few blocks down Court Street with his wife Holly Messitt, son Junuh, and their five-pound papillon Prue.