Author Event - Our House was on Fire with Laura Van Prooyen

The Avid Reader is happy to welcome Laura Van Prooyen for a reading, discussion, and signing of her latest poetry collection, Our House Was on Fire for a special Thursday evening event on July 30th at 7:30 p.m.

American poet and Kingsley Tufts Poetry Award winner Marianne Boruch says Van Prooyen's latest poetry collection is a "book of assertions and questions where danger lives at every turn——a child threatened by disease, a love passing through uncertainty, all the what ifs and keep at it of our days on the planet. Like music, these meticulously paced poems play over and over unto dark trance their observation and grief, again and again the natural world furious and spare until all seems to stand still. 'Understand, the plot doesn't matter,' this highly lyric poet insists because her staring stops time. 'I felt bad for looking,' she tells us. 'Still, I looked.'"

About the Author: Having been raised in a tight-knit Dutch community just outside of Chicago, Laura Van Prooyen now lives in San Antonio, TX. She has more than 15 years experience teaching poetry and writing in a variety of academic settings including: Dominican University, Chicago Public Schools, Del Valle High School, and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Presently, she teaches creative writing at Henry Ford Academy: The Alameda School for Art + Design.

The author of Inkblot and Altar, Van Prooyen's recent work appears in The American Poetry Review, Boston Review, and The Southern Review, among others. She is a recipient of grants from the American Association of University Women and the Barbara Deming Memorial Fund, and also has been awarded a Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg prize for her creative work. Van Prooyen earned a B.A. at Purdue University, an M.A. at The University of Illinois at Chicago, and an M.F.A. in Poetry at Warren Wilson College. Her second collection of poems, Our House Was on Fire, nominated by Philip Levine, was awarded the McGovern Prize from Ashland Poetry Press.

Event date: 
Thursday, July 30, 2015 - 7:30pm to 8:30pm
Event address: 
617 2nd St.
Davis, CA 95616
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ISBN: 9780912592794
Availability: Special Order
Published: Ashland Poetry Press - January 15th, 2015