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Book Launch party for Caroline Crumpacker’s ASTROBOLISM, with Jason Zuzga

October 29, 2016 @ 11:00 pm - October 30, 2016 @ 1:00 am


We are excited to host the launch of Caroline Crumpacker’s ASTROBOLISM (Belladonna*, 2016) and Jason Zuzga’s HEATWAKE (Saturnalia Press, 2016)

CAROLINE CRUMPACKER lives with daughter Coco and her partner Roberto Rossi in Red Hook, New York.A bit further upstate, she runs The Millay Colony for the Arts, an artists’ residency program and arts center. Caroline was a founding PoetryEditor of Fence magazine, an editor of the French/American online magazine DoubleChange, and a contributing editor for circumference magazine. She is a member of the Belladonna* Collaborative, and author of the chapbooks Recherche Theories (Etherdome Press, 2010), The Institution in Her Twilight (Dusie Kollektiv, 2011), and Upon Nostalgia (Belladonna*, 2011). Her poetry, translations, essays, and reviews have also appeared in numerous magazines and anthologies including The Talisman Anthology of Contemporary Chinese Poetry (Talisman, 2008), American Poets in the 21st Century: The New Poetics (Wesleyan University Press, 2007), Not For Mothers Only (Fence Books, 2007), and Love Poems by Younger American Poets (Verse Press, 2004).

ASTROBOLISM is pulled, marionette-like, by tethers to feminist anxieties and curiosities, motherhood, partnerhood, delight (if also dismay) in an evolving sense of urbanism, and, through all of the above, a reckoning with end-times existence that attempts to be as sympathetic as it is mournful as it is outraged.

After a series of jobs in New York publishing and a residential poetry fellowship year at the Fine Arts Work Center in Provincetown MA, JASON ZUZGA completed an M.F.A. in poetry and nonfiction at the University of Arizona, followed by a year as the poet-in-residence in the James Merrill House. He currently teaches at the Universityof Pennsylvania, where he received a Ph.D. from the English Departmentfor his dissertation “Uncanny World: Envisioning Nature in Documentary”in August 2016. His debut book of poetry, Heat Wake was published by Saturnalia Books in March 2016. His poetry and nonfiction has been published in numerous journals, such as Tin House, The Awl, the Yale Review, and the Paris Review. He is the Other/Nonfiction co-editor of FENCE.

Zuzga’s latest work, HEAT WAKE, mixes science with humor, humanity, whimsy and love. In his work the reader encounter natures in myriad forms, all crafted from the unusual perspective of a poet astonished by the world and at work among the queerness of life, the odd sweetness of other people, the city, nature, love, and humanity. The poems unfold amid the presence of stubborn rocks, the vast ocean and itsshores, the intimate details of a suburban New Jersey landscape. The book’s exuberant poems take a journey through time itself: the limited time of humans versus time evolutionary and geological. The poems present in rollicking, playful language and joyful imagery, glancing at the infinite and at the future imagined from the desert in Arizona to Mars.

Belladonna* Collaborative’s publications are made possible, in part, by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.


October 29, 2016 @ 11:00 pm
October 30, 2016 @ 1:00 am