Kerrin McCadden: American Wake

An Evening of Poetry
Thursday, April 1, 2021 - 7:00pm
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Phoenix Zoom Channel

Join us to kick off National Poetry Month with award-winning Vermont poet Kerrin McCadden as we celebrate the release of her new poetry collection, American Wake.

An "American wake" is what the Irish call a farewell to those emigrating to the United States. A New England poet equally at home in Ireland, Kerrin McCadden explores family, death and grief, apologies, and all manner of departures. In the poem "In the Harbor," McCadden writes: 

When we are out to sea, we look back to see faces
ringing the shore like a fence, those we love in up
to their hips in waves, waving goodbye like mad.

Included in American Wake are the poems, "My Broken Family," "Weeks After My Brother Overdoses," "One Way to Apologize to a Daughter for Careless Words," "Portrait of the Family as a Definition," and "My Mother Talks to Her Son about Her Heart." 

This collection by a writer of extraordinary gifts will appeal to readers who believe in the potential of carefully hewn words to unveil our world and our deepest feelings to ourselves. As the acclaimed memoirist Nick Flynn (Another Bullshit Night in Suck City) puts it: "Kerrin McCadden transforms tragedy into myth."

Kerrin McCadden is the author of American Wake (Black Sparrow Press, March, 2021) and Landscape with Plywood Silhouettes, winner of the Vermont Book Award and the New Issues Poetry Prize, as well as a chapbook, Keep This to Yourself, winner of the Button Poetry Prize. She is the recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Vermont Studio Center and won the Sustainable Arts Foundation Writing Award. She is associate poetry editor at Persea Books, associate director of the Conference on Poetry and Teaching at The Frost Place, and teaches at Montpelier High School. She lives in South Burlington, Vermont.

How to register

Registration is free, but book purchases are welcomed and appreciated--thank you for supporting our author! 

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