Thursday, April 26 at 7PM
SARAH KAY AND CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ
speaking & signing
All Our Wild Wonder and How to Love the Empty Air
ABOUT ALL OUR WILD WONDER
From renowned poet Sarah Kay, a single volume poem perfect for teachers and mentors.
All Our Wild Wonder is a vibrant tribute to extraordinary educators and a celebration of learning. The perfect gift for the mentors in our lives, this charming, illustrated poem reminds us of the beauty in, and importance of, cultivating curiosity, creativity, and confidence in others.
ABOUT HOW TO LOVE THE EMPTY AIR
Vulnerable, beautiful and ultimately life-affirming, Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz's work reaches new heights in her revelatory seventh collection of poetry. Continuing in her tradition of engaging autobiographical work, How to Love the Empty Air explores what happens when the impossible becomes real―for better and for worse. Aptowicz's journey to find happiness and home in her ever-shifting world sees her struggling in cities throughout America. When her luck changes―in love and in life―she can't help but "tell the sun / tell the fields / tell the huge Texas sky.... / tell myself again and again until I believe it." However, the upward trajectory of this new life is rocked by the sudden death of the poet's mother. In the year that follows, Aptowicz battles the silencing power of grief with intimate poems burnished by loss and a hard-won humor, capturing the dance that all newly grieving must do between everyday living and the desire "to elope with this grief, / who is not your enemy, / this grief who maybe now is your best friend. / This grief, who is your husband, / the thing you curl into every night, / falling asleep in its arms..." As in her award-winning The Year of No Mistakes, Aptowicz counts her losses and her blessings, knowing how despite it all, life "ripples boundless, like electricity, like joy / like... laughter, irresistible and bright, / an impossible thing to contain.
ABOUT SARAH KAY
Sarah Kay is a native New Yorker and received a Master's degree in the Art of Teaching Secondary English from Brown University. While in high school she co-founded Project V.O.I.C.E. and became the youngest poet to compete at the National Poetry Slam. Kay is the author of B. which she performed, and received a standing ovation for, at the TED2011 Conference. She continues to perform, create, and workshop poetry to audiences across the planet.
ABOUT CRISTIN O'KEEFE APTOWICZ
Cristin O'Keefe Aptowicz is the author of seven books of poetry, including The Year of No Mistakes, crowned the Book of the Year for Poetry by the Writers' League of Texas. She is also the author of two books of nonfiction, most recently Dr Mütter's Marvels: A True Tale of Intrigue and Innovation at the Dawn of Modern Medicine, which spent three months on the New York Times Best Seller. Recent awards include a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, the ArtsEDGE write-in-residency at the University of Pennsylvania and the Amy Clampitt Residency. When not on the road, she lives in Austin.
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