Derek Sheffield and Ellen Bass
Derek Sheffield recently joined us for an exuberant post-election reading of the Terrain.org anthology Dear America, and returns to our virtual stage tonight to launch a new collection of poetry, Not For Luck (Wheelbarrow Books/Michigan State University Press). Reading with him tonight is the esteemed poet Ellen Bass, whom we had hoped to host last spring, when her most recent collection, Indigo (Copper Canyon Press) was published. In Not For Luck, Wenatchee Valley College professor and poet Derek Sheffield ushers us into the beauty and grace that comes from giving attention to the interconnections that make up our lives.
"Derek Sheffield writes with a marvelous dual vision, coalescing details of the natural and human worlds, illuminating moments that sparkle and shimmer within." - Arthur Sze.
Derek Sheffield is also the author of Through the Second Skin, a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and poetry editor of Terrain.org. Ellen Bass has been a vital presence as a poet, editor, writer on domestic violence, and more for several decades. In addition to her 2020 collection, Indigo, she is the author of several other notable poetry books, was co-author of the landmark 1988 title, The Courage to Heal, and co-editor of the groundbreaking 1973 poetry anthology, No More Masks!
“Even as it treads through deeply difficult subject matter, [Indigo] manages to be celebratory, extravagant, and often erotic; a matrix of intense noticing that makes it possible to understand how we live through and past all the difficulties of our lives.” —World Literature Today.
“Extraordinary… Indigo is in dialogue with the meat of mortal existence—birth and death, mourning and desire—and Bass holds these polarities, often within a single poem, illustrating how they link us not only to each other, but also to the inexorable revolutions of the natural world of which we are only a small part.”—The Adroit Journal.