Carmen Gimenez Smith, author of Be Recorder

Event date: 
Monday, November 4, 2019 - 6:00pm
Carmen Gimenez Smith event

A Room of One's Own welcomes poet and National Book Award finalist Carmen Gimenez Smith, author of Be Recorder!

Be Recorder offers a blazing way forward into an as yet unmade world. Her poems investigate the precariousness of personhood in lines that excoriate and sanctify. Giménez Smith turns the increasingly pressing urge to cry out into a dream of rebellion—against compromise, against inertia, against self-delusion, and against the ways the media dream up our complacency in an America that depends on it. This reckoning with self and nation demonstrates that who and where we are is as conditional as the fact of our compliance: “Miss America from sea to shining sea / the huddled masses have a question / there is one of you and all of us.” Be Recorder is unrepentant and unstoppable, and affirms Giménez Smith as one of our time’s most vital and vivacious poets.

Carmen Giménez Smith is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow and the author of a memoir and six poetry collections, including Milk and Filth, a finalist for the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award in poetry and Be Recorder, a finalist for a National Book Award. She was awarded an American Book Award for Bring Down the Little Birds and the Juniper Prize for Poetry for her collection Goodbye, Flicker. She also co-edited Angels of the Americlypse: New Latin@ Writing, an anthology of contemporary Latinx writing (Counterpath Press, 2014). She is the co-director for CantoMundo and the publisher of Noemi Press. With Steph Burt, she is the poetry editor of The Nation.

Event address: 
315 W. Gorham St.
Madison, WI 53703-2218
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ISBN: 9781555978488
Published: Graywolf Press - August 6th, 2019