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Life Of A Poet, Laura Kasischke @ THE HILL CENTER

Event date: 
Wednesday, March 21, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
Hill Center at the Old Navy Hospital
921 Pennsylvania Avenue SE
Washington, DC 20003

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*This event is at The Hill Center. Reservations are required, and more info is available over on their site.*


Join Ron Charles, the fiction editor of The Washington Post, for an in-depth discussion with critically acclaimed poet Laura Kasischke. The Life of a Poet series offers a rare opportunity to consider a writer’s entire career and explore the major events that have shaped their work.  Readings from the work are interspersed throughout the conversation. A book signing will follow.

Poet and novelist Laura Kasischke was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan and teaches in the MFA program at the University of Michigan. Her books of poetry include Wild Brides (1992), Fire and Flower (1998), Dance and Disappear (2002), Gardening in the Dark (2004), Lilies Without (2007), Space, in Chains (2011), which won the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Where Now (2017). Kasischke has won numerous awards for her poetry, including the Juniper Prize, the Beatrice Hawley Award, and the Alice Fay DiCastagnola Award.

Kasischke’s poetry is noted for its intelligent, honest portrayal of domestic and familial life; its explosively accurate imagery and dense soundscapes; and its idiosyncratic use of narrative. According to Stephen Burt in the New York Times: “No poet has tried so hard to cut through suburban American illusion while respecting the lives, young and old, that it nurtures or saves. No poet has joined the chasm of ontological despair to the pathos of household frustration so well as Kasischke at her best.”

Ron Charles is the editor of The Washington Post’s Book World section. For several years, he also edited The Post’s “Poet’s Choice” column in Book World. His reviews have won the National Book Critics Circle Award for best criticism and 1st place for Arts & Entertainment Commentary from the Society for Features Journalism. Washingtonian Magazine named him as one of the 40 people who shaped DC in 2010.

This event is free and open to the public. Reservations are required.



Gardening in the Dark Cover Image
ISBN: 9781931337229
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Published: Ausable Press - October 1st, 2004

Fire & Flower Cover Image
ISBN: 9781882295210
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Published: Alice James Books - December 15th, 1998

Space, in Chains (Lannan Literary Selections) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556593338
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - March 15th, 2011

Where Now: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781556595127
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Published: Copper Canyon Press - July 4th, 2017