Joan Fiset and Sarah C. Townsend
This afternoon’s reading features two Seattle writers reading newly published work about traumatic birth experiences. Poet Joan Fiset, author of Namesake (Blue Begonia Press), reads from her beautiful and devastating book, How It Was with Scotland (Ravenna Press), a collaboration with visual artist Noah Saterstrom.
“These pictures and words are like overheard whispers or something you almost see from the corner of your eye, or maybe even more intimate than that, like things you are hearing from inside someone’s head before they are words, or memories of things they cannot quite remember. Like secret inside rustlings of longing, hope, regret and quiet beauty.”-Rebecca Brown.
Joining her this evening is Sarah C. Townsend, author of Setting the Wire: a Memoir of Postpartum Psychosis (The Lettered Streets Press), a lyrical exploration of motherhood, mental illness and family ties. “Sarah Townsend’s Setting the Wire is a tightly coiled and disturbingly gorgeous exploration of her postpartum mental breakdown. I devoured these pages--while willing myself to slow down so I could catch every nuance of Townsend’s taut, lyrical, wise writing.”-Claire Dederer.