Ruth Danon, Turn Up the Heat
April 11 @ EST 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFree – $20.00
Ruth Danon will be in conversation with Alison Meyers.
Ruth Danon hates and fears the cold in all its forms – literal, metaphorical, external, internal. In her new collection of poems she ventures into the chill, and explores as well its problematic opposite. Called “… a beautiful book, at turns tender, wry, and heartbreaking” by Saïd Sayrafiezadeh and “elegiac, edgy, and disquieting” by Sean Singer, Turn Up the Heat moves from Renaissance Italy to modern Sardinia and frosty upstate New York, from the desert to the domestic. Danon’s peregrinations occur within the context of our own times—a planet grown increasingly hot, a pandemic as cruel as an inquisition, and the hotheaded and often coldhearted politics of America—as she contends with personal loneliness, isolation, guilt, and longing. How, she asks us, can we make and find the fire that warms, sustains, and illumines us?
Ruth Danon is the author of four books of poetry and a book of literary criticism. Her work has been published widely in the US and abroad in such publications as 2Horatio, The Paris Review, Tupelo Quarterly, Barrow Street, Versal, and Fence. Recently her work was selected as a finalist in Tupelo Quarterly’s Four Quartets project, and Robert Creeley selected one of her poems for inclusion in Best American Poetry 2002. She founded the Live Writing Project where she currently writes and teaches. Ruth lives in Beacon, NY, and curates literary events in the Hudson Valley and beyond.
Alison Meyers is a Pushcart-Prize nominated poet, as well as a fiction writer and essayist whose work has been published widely and anthologized. 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 in CT. She consults as a LitNYS mentor for New York State literary arts nonprofits and is Treasurer of the Board of Kweli.
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