Poetry and Memoir Reading

Friday, February 24, 2017

Engleman Hall - Room D253

Readings by Southern alumna Patricia Bjorklund (pictured below) and Leah Nielsen, poet and professor of English at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. 

Bjorklund's memoir, U.S. & Them: The Re-Enchantment of a Cold War Childhood, was recently published. Evelyn Somers, associate editor of The Missouri Review, wrote of the book, "The naïveté and paranoia of the Cold War years are perfectly rendered in Patricia Bjorklund's irresistible memoir of a working-class Connecticut childhood. Khrushchev is plotting, Communism is menacing, the traditional Catholic mass is changing and her pretty, patriotic, white mom is wearing a wire and infiltrating the Black Panthers in a flip and a miniskirt. Amid all this turmoil, Patricia navigates girlhood and adolescence with a loyal heart, an observant eye, and a sarcastic wit. If you grew up in the Cold War era, you'll love this book for the memories it rekindles-and if you didn't, it will make you wish you'd been there."

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Nielsen's first book of poems, No Magic, was published by Word Press, a division of WordTech Communications, in 2005. No Magic is set in the Midwest, and through the use of of Norse mythological tales and scenes of daily farm life, explores the mythic status of the speaker's deceased father. Her current project, Side Effects May Include, uses experimental forms to examine the medical and cultural treatment of pain. Poems from this collection have been published or are forthcoming at thediagram.com, Sycamore Review, Red Mountain Review, Fourteen Hills, Indiana Review, and Hotel Amerkia. In December 2013, Side Effects May Include will be published as its own volume through The Chapbook, a literary journal dedicated to small collections of poetry.   


Engleman Hall - Room D253
Fitch Street
New Haven, CT 06515


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