Wednesday, April 17, 7pm
Left Bank Books
Left Bank Books welcomes award-winning poet and St. Louis native Alison C. Rollins, who will sign and read from her debut poetry collection, Library of Small Catastrophes, at this St. Louis Launch Party! Refreshments will be provided.
Library of Small Catastrophes, Alison Rollins’ ambitious debut collection, interrogates the body and nation as storehouses of countless tragedies. Drawing from Jorge Luis Borges’ fascination with the library, Rollins uses the concept of the archive to offer a lyric history of the ways in which we process loss. “Memory is about the future, not the past,” she writes, and rather than shying away from the anger, anxiety, and mourning of her narrators, Rollins’ poetry seeks to challenge the status quo, engaging in a diverse, boundary-defying dialogue with an ever-present reminder of the ways race, sexuality, spirituality, violence, and American culture collide.
“Alison’s poems are rich and textured, displaying her full depth of knowledge and heart...all while making poignant examinations of womanhood, and tackling issues like slavery, Blackness, and racism in America.” --The Rona Jaffe Foundation Writers' Awards
This event is free and open to the public, but proof of purchase of Library of Small Catastrophes from Left Bank Books will be required to enter the signing line. Click here to pre-order your copy! Limited edition broadsides will also be available with purchase at the event.
Parking: Lot one block north; street parking (meters free after 7pm). For directions and public transportation information, click here.