Join us for a very special multi-author event featuring Liz Kay, author of Monsters: A Love Story, with Amy Hassinger (After the Dam) and Seema Reza (When the World Breaks Open).
About the Books:
Monsters: A Love Story is the story of Stacey Lane, recently widowed poet and certified mess, and unbelievably sexy Hollywood star Tommy DeMarco. Tommy's passion for Stacey's novel-in-verse (a feminist reimagining of Frankenstein, no less) will set their lives on a collision course as they go about making the book into a movie, making each other crazy, and making love but only in secret. Fueled by desire, love, grief, the expectations of gender, parenthood, and expertly poured cocktails, Monsters: A Love Story is a witty portrait of a relationship gone off the rails and two people who are made for each other even if they re not so sure they see it that way.
In After the Dam, thirty-two-year-old Rachel Clayborne flees with her baby in the middle of the night for the one place on earth that's been her refuge: her grandmother's lakehouse in northern Wisconsin. Hoping to reconnect with a former, healthier self, she instead faces a confused and dying grandmother, her ever-present nurse who seems bent on thwarting each of Rachel's desires, and a changed ex-boyfriend—her first and most passionate love. As a constant rain threatens the nearby dam, Rachel struggles to discern what's happened to the past, who she's become, and what kind of a life she will make for herself now.
In When the World Breaks Open, Seema Reza uncovers the lessons she learned through motherhood and a dysfunctional and abusive marriage, and how she used her discoveries to make a meaningful difference in the world. This lyrical, non-linear narrative memoir traces Reza's journey from repressed suburban housewife to coordinator of a unique creative-expression military hospital program. Through observing her own experiences from the darkest moments of her life and investigating societal attitudes towards loss, love, motherhood, and community, Reza exposes her triumphs, weaknesses, fears and regrets, and undermines the idea that strength requires silence.
About the Authors:
Liz Kay holds an MFA from the University of Nebraska, where she was the recipient of an Academy of American Poets Prize. She is a founding editor of Spark Wheel Press and the journal burntdistrict. Her work has appeared in Willow Springs, Nimrod, RHINO, Sugar House Review, and Beloit Poetry Journal, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best New Poets anthology. Kay lives in Omaha, Nebraska, with her husband and three children.
Amy Hassinger is the author of Nina: Adolescence and The Priest's Madonna. Her writing has been translated into five languages and has won awards from Creative Nonfiction, Publishers Weekly, and the Illinois Arts Council. She is a graduate of the Iowa Writers Workshop and teaches in the University of Nebraska s MFA in Writing Program.
Seema Reza is a poet and essayist based outside of Washington, D.C., where she coordinates and facilitates a unique hospital arts program that encourages the use of the arts as a tool for narration, self-care and socialization among a military population struggling with emotional and physical injuries. An alumna of VONA and Goddard College, she was awarded the 2015 Col John Gioia Patriot Award by USO of Metropolitan Washington-Baltimore for her work with service members.