Dara Barrois/Dixon with Michael Earl Craig
We are pleased to virtually present two poets published by Seattle’s invaluable poetry and poetics-based press, Wave Books. Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Weir) has been one of the most esteemed poets Wave has published, with books including In the Still of the Night, You Good Thing, Reverse Rapture, and Hat on a Pond. The last two were published by Wave’s ‘ancestor’ Verse Press and date back twenty years. This body of work has received numerous awards and honors, including such from the Lannan Foundation, American Poetry Review, The Poetry Center Book Award, Guggenheim Foundation, and National Endowment for the Arts. She reads from her newest collection, Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina, tonight.
“The poems in this collection examine power structures, as well as what is gained, given and taken through the process of literature, both as reader and practitioner, with ideas occasionally suggesting as proxy for living and being in the world.” —Rob McLennan, Periodicities.
Reading with Daea Barrois/Dixon will be another Wave poet, Michael Earl Craig. He is the author of five books of poetry, three of them from Wave: Thin Kimono, Talkativeness, and most recently, Woods and Clouds Interchangeable. A new collection, Iggy Horse, is coming from Wave in 2023. Originally from Dayton, he has found refuge in Shields Valley of Montana, and was Montana State Poet Laureate from 2015 - 17.
“Quite possibly the funniest poet writing today, Craig’s unadorned poetry tends toward the deadpan and the offbeat, with an almost David Lynch–like sense of the uncanny…” —The Believer.