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David Mihalyov: A Safe Distance

May 26, 2022 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm

Free – $20.00

David Mihalyov will be in conversation with Alison Meyers.

“What I admire in Maxine Kumin’s poems I find in abundance in David Mihalyov’s A Safe Distance: an intimate observance of seemingly ordinary things rendered into arresting lyrics. “Burrow[ing] deeper” beneath suburban routines we may assume we know or dismiss outright, these are instructive poems of great tendernesstoward aged parents whose failings the narrator yearns to forgive; toward a soft-bellied crab stranded on rocks; toward farm boys reinvented as World War II’s killing machines; and, perhaps, even the commuter who passes by a “cut-rate Jesus . . . holding a cardboard sign telling us he was a vet, homeless and hungry.” I am grateful for poems that do not overreach, and within that circumference of rare authenticity, achieve an exquisite humaneness.”  Alison Meyers

David Mihalyov lives near Lake Ontario in Webster, NY, with his wife, two daughters, and beagle. His poems and short fiction have appeared in Concho River Review, Dunes Review, Free State Review, New Plains Review, San Pedro River Review, and other journals. He works at SUNY Brockport, where he received his BA in Communications and MA in English, and serves on Writers & Books’ board of directors.

Alison Meyers is a poet and fiction writer, twice nominated for a Pushcart Prize. Her work can be found in Hole in the Head Review, ragazine, Freshwater Review, Stone Canoe, Mom Egg, and other literary journals, and in the anthology Gathered Light: Writers Respond to the Poetry of Joni Mitchell (Three O’Clock Press). The Executive Director of Writers & Books, she previously served as Cave Canem Foundation’s Executive Director, 2006-2016, and Poetry Director and Director of Marketing & Communications at Hill-Stead Museum (CT). For many years she owned and managed indie bookstores. She consults as a mentor for LitNYS, is treasurer of the board of Kweli, and serves on the Arts and Humanities Board of Monroe Community College. www.alisonmeyers.com

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A Safe Distance

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May 26, 2022
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Free – $20.00


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