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Heather Sellers: Field Notes from the Flood Zone
April 25 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
Born and raised in Florida, Heather Sellers grew up in an extraordinarily difficult home. The natural world provided a life-giving respite from domestic violence. Sprung from her daily observation journals, haunted by ghosts from the past, Field Notes from the Flood Zone is an elegy for the two great shaping forces in a life: heartbreaking family struggle and a collective lost treasure, our stunning, singular, desecrated Florida, and all its remnant beauty.
“Reading Heather Sellers’ new book of poems, I am by turns dazzled, harrowed, fascinated, afraid, and then my mouth falls open coming upon an image or a phrase so lovely and unexpected that I have to close my eyes and let it surround me. Field Notes from the Flood Zone is a book so spectacularly original that you don’t just read these poems, you steep yourself in them. What a triumph!” —Abigail Thomas
Heather Sellers is the author of four poetry collections, including The Present State of the Garden (Lynx House Press, 2021) and The Boys I Borrow (New Issues Press, 2007), a finalist for the James Laughlin Award. Her writing has been featured in numerous publications and anthologies, among them, Best American Essays, Creative Nonfiction, The New York Times, O: the Oprah Magazine, The Pushcart Prize Anthology, and Tin House. She has been awarded a fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts and a residency at The MacDowell Colony. She teaches poetry and nonfiction in the MFA program at the University of South Florida, and divides her time between St. Petersburg, Florida, and Manhattan.