Join us for a reading and signing with three celebrated authors and poets—Elisa Gabbet, Chris Tonelli, and Laura van den Berg—in celebration of the recent publication of the critically acclaimed book of essays The Word Pretty.
About The Word Pretty:
In The Word Pretty Elisa Gabbert brings together her unique humor and observational intelligence to create a roving and curious series of lyrical essays, which combine elements of criticism, meditation, and personal essay reminiscent of the work of Wayne Koestenbaum, Sven Birkerts, and Maggie Nelson. Here you will find works on crying, dreams, and notebooking alongside critical engagements with aphorism, the art of the paragraph, the difference between poetry and prose, and the appeal of translator’s notes, as well as a discussion of John Berger, reflecting on beauty and the male gaze.
About the Readers:
Elisa Gabbert is a poet and essayist and the author of four collections: The Word Pretty (Black Ocean, 2018), L’Heure Bleue, or the Judy Poems (Black Ocean, 2016), The Self Unstable (Black Ocean, 2013), and The French Exit (Birds LLC, 2010). Her writing has appeared in the New Yorker, the New York Times, the New York Review of Books, the Guardian Long Read, A Public Space, Boston Review, the Paris Review, Guernica, and many other venues.
Chris Tonelli is a founding editor of the independent poetry press, Birds, LLC, and he curates the So & So Series and edits So & So Magazine. He is the author of five chapbooks and two full-length collections, most recently Whatever Stasis (Barrelhouse Books, 2018). Chris is the co-director of the NC Book Festival, and he works in the Libraries at NC State and co-owns So & So Books in Raleigh where he lives with his wife, Allison, and their two kids, Miles and Vera.
Laura van den Berg is the author of two collections of stories, The Isle of Youth (FSG, 2013) and What the World Will Look Like When All the Water Leaves Us (Dzanc Books, 2009), and the novels Find Me (FSG, 2015) and most recently The Third Hotel, in (FSG, 2018). Laura’s honors include the Rosenthal Family Foundation Award from the American Academy of Arts & Letters, the Bard Fiction Prize, a MacDowell Colony Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Foundation Fellowship, a Pushcart Prize, an O. Henry Award, and the Jeannette Haien Ballard Writer’s Prize