Mining for Stardust: An Evening of Poetry with Kai Coggin

Tuesday, January 11, 2022 - 7:00pm
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Phoenix Zoom Channel

Join us for an evening of poetry with Kai Coggin as we celebrate the release of her latest collection of poetry, Mining for Stardust.

Mining for Stardust is a fiery and tender witness, a poetic chronology of one of the greatest collective paradigm shifts of our lifetime. Coggin's first poem in the collection was written on the first day of the COVID-19 lockdown. Each subsequent poem moves the reader through the pandemic, the summer of protests, the U.S. presidential election, and toward what seems like the other side of this darkest time in our memory. She does not shy away from the atrocities and the heartbreak, but leaves the reader in a space of healing. The book is intermittently filled also with nature, birds, and love poems for her wife, her safe inner world. Mining for Stardust is an intentional practice in finding streaks of light in the shadows, "sifting flakes of space for gold/ amidst the dark matter/ surrounding us on all sides." It is memorial, grief, joy, beauty, truth, resistance, reflection, love, and balm for the aching human heart. It is the work of a scribe who earnestly engraves this moment into our human history. This collection is something you can hold in your hands, point to, and say, "I lived through all of this, too. I survived. I made it to the other side."

Kai Coggin is the author of Mining for Stardust, Incandescent, Wingspan, and Periscope Heart, as well as a spoken word album Silhouette. She is a queer woman of color who thinks Black Lives Matter, a teaching artist in poetry with the Arkansas Arts Council, and the host of the longest running consecutive weekly open mic series in the country-Wednesday Night Poetry. Recently awarded the 2021 Governor's Arts Award and named Best Poet in Arkansas by the Arkansas Times, her fierce and powerful poetry has been nominated four times for The Pushcart Prize, as well as Bettering American Poetry 2015, and Best of the Net 2016 and 2018. Coggin is Associate Editor at The Rise Up Review. She lives with her wife and their two adorable dogs in the valley of a small mountain in Hot Springs National Park, Arkansas.

How to register

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

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Purchase a copy of Mining for Stardust HERE.   Copies will be available a few days after event.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery after our event.

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