Live From Prairie Lights: Kiki Petrosino and Kaethe Schwehn
Writers’ Workshop graduates Kiki Petrosino and Kaethe Schwehn will read from their new books.
Kiki Petrosino will read from Witch Wife. The poems of Witch Wife are spells, obsessive incantations to exorcise or celebrate memory, to mourn the beloved dead, to conjure children or keep them at bay, to faithfully inhabit one's given body. Petrosino questions what it means to be a wife or mother who feels ambivalent about motherhood and how these roles are further complicated for women of color in the United States.
"Petrosino delights in unsettling the familiar with startling results, whether channeling Anne Sexton or William Blake." —Harryette Mullin
Petrosino is also the author of Hymn for the Black Terrific and Fort Red Border. She is founder and co-editor of the poetry journal Transom, and she directs the Creative Writing Program at the University of Louisville.
Kaethe Schwehn will read from The Rending and the Nest, her chilling yet redemptive post-apocalyptic debut that examines community, motherhood, faith, and the importance of telling one's own story.
"Surreal and precise, sharp and moving, this novel joins the ranks of other genius post-apocalyptic works like Oryx and Crake and Station Eleven. Read it and marvel." —Sharma Shields
Kaethe Schwehn is the author of Tailings: A Memoir, and the chapbook of poems, Tanka & Me. She teaches at St. Olaf College and lives in Northfield, Minnesota.
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