Live from Prairie Lights: Christopher Kondrich and Lauren Haldeman

Lauren Haldeman and Christopher Kondrich
September 24, 2019 - 7:00pm
Prairie Lights Books
Second floor

Christopher Kondrich and Lauren Haldeman will read from their collections of poetry.

Christopher Kondrich will read from Valuing, which was selected by Jericho Brown as a winner of the National Poetry Series. “In Valuing Christopher Kondrich fashions startling, arresting images and fabulous metaphors that are all the more startling, arresting, and fabulous because they're so functional to the overflowing reality and profundity of his poems. He has an excellent mind accompanied by an exuberant imagination.--Vijay Seshadri

Kondrich is the author of Contrapuntal and a winner of the Iowa Review Award for Poetry and the Paris-American Reading Series Prize. His poetry appears or is forthcoming in the Believer, Boston Review, Conjunctions, Crazyhorse, Harvard Review, Iowa Review, Kenyon Review, Witness, and other publications. An associate editor for 32 Poems, he lives and works in Maryland.

Iowa City poet Lauren Haldeman will read from Instead of Dying, which was the winner of the Colorado Prize for Poetry. “Each of the seven sections of Instead of Dying delivers singular shocks and unanswerable questions. Guided by great figures in the history of science, these poems court the mystery lying beyond the precision of language and symbols in ‘the spell of the world pouring down.’ Lauren Haldeman’s writing opens us toward the work of mourning. Did I say work? Rather call it song.” —Susan Howe

Lauren Haldeman is a graduate of the Iowa Writers' Workshop. She is also the author of the poetry collection Calenday and chapbook The Eccentricity Is Zero. She is a recipient of the Iowa Artist Fellowship, the Sustainable Arts Foundation Award, the Colorado Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in Tin House, Colorado Review, Fence, The Iowa Review and The Rumpus. A comic book artist, illustrator, and poet, she has taught in the United States as well as internationally.

Photo credit, Kondrich portrait | Dave Glanz