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Author Events

Find the latest online and in-person events, readings, workshops, and more from BOA's authors. List updated weekly. 


Monday, December 7

12:00 AM (EST): Deborah Paredez reading at the Miami Book Fair

Virtual Event / On Demand

Deborah Paredez will read from her new poetry collection Year of the Dog (BOA, 2020) in conversation with poet Leslie Sainz as part of the Miami Book Fair's first ever virtual festival. The video will be available to watch at any time once the event goes live. A free and simple online registration at Miami Book Fair Online is required.

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Tuesday, December 8

7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA: Rick Bursky reads from Let's Become a Ghost Story

Rick Bursky’s Let's Become a Ghost Story (BOA, 2020) reaches into the peculiarities of human relationships with emotional accuracy, charm, and a touch of surrealism. In poems that channel memories of brief encounters and long-lost loves through imagination and half-recalled dreams, Let’s Become a Ghost Story turns nostalgia inside-out to reveal the innate humor of our most intimate connections. Rick Bursky is the author of I’m No Longer Troubled by the Extravagance (BOA, 2015), Death Obscura (Sarabande, 2010), and The Soup of Something Missing (Bear Star Press, 2004). Originally from New York City, he now lives in Los Angeles, where he works in advertising and teaches poetry in the UCLA Extension Writers Program. Please register to receive a link to the virtual event.

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Tuesday, December 15

7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA: John Gallaher reads from Brand New Spacesuit

In Brand New Spacesuit (BOA, 2020), John Gallaher writes with honesty, humor, and tenderness about caring for his aging parents. These poems offer snapshots of the poet’s memories of his adoption and childhood, his father’s heart attacks, his mother’s progressing Alzheimer’s disease and stroke, raising his own children, and his reflections on the complex mysteries of the universe within everyday moments.  With exquisite attention to detail, Gallaher captures the losses, anxieties, and possibilities that come with caring for one another. John Gallaher is the author of In A Landscape (BOA, 2014) and, together with G.C. Waldrep, of Your Father on the Train of Ghosts (BOA, 2011), which was collaboratively written through email. His poetry collection The Little Book of Guesses (Four Way Books, 2007) received the Levis Poetry Prize. Gallaher is co-editor of The Laurel Review and The Akron Series in Contemporary Poetics. An assistant professor of English at Northwest Missouri State, he lives in Maryville, MO. Please register to receive a link to the virtual event.

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Tuesday, January 5

7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA: Matt Morton reads from Improvisation Without Accompaniment

Selected by Patricia Smith as winner of the 18th annual A. Poulin, Jr. Poetry Prize, Matt Morton’s debut poetry collection Improvisation Without Accompaniment (BOA, 2020) reaches for meaning in the transience of life. These lyric poems follow the rhythms of life for a young man coming of age in a small Texas town. As the speaker wrestles with ruptures within the nuclear family and the gradual loss of his religious beliefs, he journeys toward a deeper self-awareness and discovers a fuller palette of life’s pains and pleasures. Poignant, searching, and earnestly philosophical, Improvisation Without Accompaniment embraces uncertainty with a spirit of joyous playfulness. Matt Morton’s poetry appears in AGNIGettysburg ReviewHarvard ReviewTin House Online, and elsewhere. His work has received support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, and the Sewanee Writers’ Conference. He serves as associate editor for 32 Poems and is a Robert B. Toulouse Doctoral Fellow in English at the University of North Texas. He lives in Dallas, TX. Please register to receive a link to the virtual event.

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Tuesday, January 12

7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA: Mark Polanzak reads from The OK End of Funny Town

The stories in Mark Polanzak’s BOA Short Fiction Prize-winning The OK End of Funny Town (BOA, 2020) stitch fantastic situations into the drab fabric of everyday life. The author delights in stretching every boundary he encounters, from the new focus on practical learning at the New Community School, to the ever-changing tastes of diners in search of the next big trend in local cuisine.  Wondrous yet familiar, The OK End of Funny Town excavates the layers between our collective obsession with passing fads and our secret yearning for lasting connection. Mark Polanzak is the author of the hybrid fiction/memoir POP! (Stillhouse, 2016). His stories have appeared in The Southern ReviewThe American Scholar, and Best American Nonrequired Reading 2017. He is a founding editor of draft: the journal of process and a contributor to the podcast The Fail Safe. A graduate of the University of Arizona’s MFA program in fiction, he teaches writing and literature at the Berklee College of Music in Boston. He lives in Salem, Massachusetts. Please register to receive a link to the virtual event.

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Tuesday, January 19

7:30 PM (EST): Writers & Books Tuesdays with BOA: Kathryn Nuernberger reads from Rue

In the fiercely feminist ecopoetic collection Rue (BOA, 2020), Kathryn Nuernberger reclaims love and resilience in an age of cruelty. As the speaker—an artist and intellectual—finds herself living through a rocky marriage in conservative rural Missouri, she maintains her sense of identity by studying the science and folklore of plants historically used for birth control. Her ethnobotanical portraits of common herbs like Queen Anne’s lace and pennyroyal are interwoven with lyric biographies of pioneering women ecologists whose stories have been left untold in textbooks.  With equal parts righteous fury and tender wisdom, Rue reasseses the past and recontextualizes the present to tell a story about breaking down, breaking through, and breaking into an honest, authentic expression of self. Kathryn Nuernberger is author of the James Laughlin Award-winning The End of Pink (BOA, 2016), as well as the poetry collection Rag & Bone (Elixir, 2011) and the lyric essay collection Brief Interviews with the Romantic Past (Ohio State University Press, 2017). Fascinated by the history of science and the natural world, her writing has appeared in 32 PoemsCrazyhorseFieldGulf CoastPoetry Daily, and elsewhere. After many years directing Pleiades Press, she now teaches at the University of Minnesota MFA Program and lives in Minneapolis-St. Paul, MN. Please register to receive a link to the virtual event.

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