Poetry Reading: Andrea Hollander and Kathy Nelson

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes poets Andrea Hollander and Kathy Nelson for readings from their latest collections.

About And Now, Nowhere but Here:

"All these poems are graceful and enchanting in their directness. Hollander's poems always step off the main road and walk along on the shoulder or over on the railroad bed and then come back to meet the road farther on. She has a way of writing that travels a parallel track with ordinary conversational language." -Ted Kooser, US Poet Laureate, 2004-2006

Born in Berlin, Germany, of American parents, raised in Colorado, Texas, New York, and New Jersey, and educated at Boston University and the University of Colorado, Andrea Hollander is the author of six full-length poetry collections. Her poems and essays have appeared in numerous anthologies and college textbooks. For more than 22 years, Hollander served as the Writer-in-Residence at Lyon College, which awarded her the Lamar Williamson Prize for Excellence in Teaching. In 2011 she moved to Portland, Oregon, where she continues to mentor writers individually and to teach.

About The Ledger of Mistakes:

"Why remember the dead?" poet Kathy Nelson begins this sobering meditation, a descent and rise through what's lost and sometimes found again, her keen eye on the natural world, her mother in the Bardo and in life, both trouble and love restored, unshakable grief, regret, triumph, mystery… And why exactly? Because we need these poems as lens, as touchstone. And such lovely, startling interventions of language and image! Vivid detail, layer upon layer—say, a "landscape stitched with fencerows," or to hold a breath "until someone unlocks the door." That someone is this most remarkable poet. "Last night," Nelson writes, "I found a hidden stairway leading down/into a maze of rooms …" And what a rewarding gift for all of us, to follow her there." —Marianne Boruch, Bestiary Dark 

Kathy Nelson grew up near the southern Appalachian Mountains and has lived in Austin, Salt Lake City, central New Jersey, western North Carolina and (currently) northern Nevada. She has worked as an engineer, a teacher, and a chaplain. While poetry had been a thread through all her previous life, Kathy began to study and to write poetry seriously during her experience as a hospice chaplain. Kathy is the author of the full-length collection, The Ledger of Mistakes (Terrapin Books, 2023), as well as two chapbooks: Cattails (Main Street Rag, 2013) and Whose Names Have Slipped Away (Finishing Line Press, 2017). She holds an MFA from the Warren Wilson Program for Writers.

Event date: 
Tuesday, March 26, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
And Now, Nowhere But Here By Andrea Hollander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947896659
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Published: Terrapin Books - July 28th, 2023

The Ledger of Mistakes By Kathy Nelson Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947896642
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Published: Terrapin Books - August 8th, 2023