Live from Prairie Lights: Domenica Martinello and Christopher Kondrich
Writers’ Workshop graduate Domenica Martinello will read from All Day I Dream About Sirens. "Steering a pirated flagship through the grottos of nightmare, Domenica Martinello ferries us dangerously close to the cliffs in her mermaid-spotting boat tour, All Day I Dream About Sirens. Offering much more than sight-seeing, these poems dare us to really hear the furious, lascivious lyricism of the sirens, and though Martinello's poems ripple softly over the surface, beware the deadly riptide and swim at your own risk, as lyric poetry reminds us over and over: there is absolutely no lifeguard on duty, and there never was." -- Robyn Schiff
Domenica Martinello was a finalist for the 2017 Bronwen Wallace Award for Emerging Writers and the recipient of the Deena Davidson Friedman Prize for Poetry. She lives in Montréal, Quebec.
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.
Photo credits: Martinello by Vincenzo D'Alto | Kondrich by Dave Glanz