Alumni from the University of Virginia Creative Writing Program, Kim Brooks (The Houseguest), Lee Clay Johnson (Nitro Mountain), Sjohnna McCray (Rapture), and Sarah Schweig (Take Nothing With You), read from their newest work.
Why should you attend?
This program is a perennial favorite; hear new voices at the beginning of their careers.
“Heartbreaking, profound, and brimming with rich historical detail, it’s a different kind of Holocaust story, set on American soil in 1941: a time when minding one’s own business was the norm, when turning a blind eye allowed genocide to occur right under our collective noses… Throughout the book, Brooks writes beautiful descriptions that are both stunning and laden with meaning—too many to possibly share here. Yet her prose, as gorgeous as it can be, is never purely aesthetic, because her illustrations of these lives and these cities on the eve of World War II are the heart of her story.”—The Chicago Review of Books
“[Nitro Mountain is] Excellent . . . bold, arresting and well-timed [with] intelligent and sympathetic portraits of hard-up people making bad, justifiable decisions.” —Kenneth Champeon, BookPage
On Rapture: “These are arresting, richly corporeal poems about the self as defined by race, family, and sexuality, and forged in rapture.”―Booklist
“In her debut collection, Schweig explores the cadence of the city and its everyday dramas, the pain of loss and abandonment, and the amnesia of the heart that allows a person to love again. The poet flits through the urban landscape, overseeing juvenile offenders at community service, reminiscing at Brighton Beach, observing the distant lights from a rooftop.” —Publishers Weekly