Oct. 5: An Evening of Poetry with Jill Alexander Essbaum
Augustana will present "An Evening of Poetry with Jill Alexander Essbaum" at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 5, in room 123 of the Humanities Building.
The event is free and open to the public.
Alexander Essbaum is the author of several books of poetry, including the 1999 winner of the Bakeless Prize, "Heaven." Other volumes include "Harlot," "Necropolis," "Oh Forbidden" – a collection of erotic sonnets – and "The Devastation."
Her poems have been included in such journals as Poetry, Christian Century, Christianity and Literature, No Tell Motel, Best American Erotic Poetry and others. Her interests include contemporary American religious movements, Old Time Radio, the music of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds, Switzerland and prayer. Essbaum's poetry features puns, wordplay and dark humor mixed with searing religious and erotic imagery.
She lives in Austin, Texas, and teaches at the University of California-Riverside's Palm Desert Low Residency MFA Program. She is the inaugural poet for the "Lutheran Writers Tour" where she is currently traveling around the country.
Dr Patrick Hicks