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FRANCES SCHENKKAN - Mr. Stevens' Secretary

Sunday, February 19, 2017 - 3:00pm
Mr. Stevens' Secretary: Poems (Miller Williams Poetry Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781682260302
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: University of Arkansas Press - January 15th, 2017



Sunday, February 19th at 3pm

speaking & signing
Mr. Stevens' Secretary




Written from the perspective of a fictional assistant to Wallace Stevens, Mr. Stevens’ Secretary is a narrative collection of poems that not only explores the life of a great poet, but also the real, collective struggles of women silenced throughout history. Join us tonight as poet Frances Schenkkan will be here to discuss her work and sign copies of Mr. Stevens’ Secretary


In Mr. Stevens Secretary, a fictional assistant to Wallace Stevens juggles her roles as a mother, a wife, a believer, and a working woman. Privy at times to the famous poet's personal life, the secretary must balance her curiosity about Stevens with her commitment to her husband, her faith, and the life she desires.

This vivid and compelling character struggles with fears of mental illness and the challenges of working for a prominent, reserved man, all while adjusting to new environs. She leaves her home, and her job, as she contemplates whether her marriage is worth saving and if she can reconcile the Baptist faith of her upbringing with the questions raised by her new place in the world. Throughout, we are witness to her complex relationship with the famous modernist poet, and with writing itself.


Frances Schenkkan is a National Poetry Series finalist, and her poems have appeared in the Southern ReviewPOOL, and Third Coast, among others. She lives in Austin.

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