Marin Poet Erin Rodoni at Third Thursday Poetry January 18

     On Thursday, January 18, at 7:30pm The Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz Reading Series at 215 Main in Point Arena will feature Marin poet Erin Rodoni. The reading will begin with live improv jazz and an open mic with jazz improv; the reading will conclude with more live improv jazz.

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     Erin Rodoni is the author of Body, in Good Light (Sixteen Rivers Press, 2017) and A Landscape for Loss (NFSPS Press, 2017), which was selected by Tony Barnstone as the winner of the 2016 Stevens Award sponsored by the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Her poems have been published in Best New Poets 2014, Colorado Review, Cimarron Review, The Adroit Journal, and Verse Daily, among others. She has also been honored with awards from AWP, Ninth Letter, and The Montreal International Poetry Prize.

     Her most recent book has received much praise, including these words from Poetry International: Body, in Good Light embraces the body as a traveler. We move along with the speaker aboard trains “over ruptured cobblestones” to the edge of the world yet remain firmly rooted by the pervasive tethers of the body.  The voice Rodoni creates empowers these passionately charged poems. Whether whispering wisdoms, “Sometimes the weight/ of a toothbrush seems too much when I remember/ I must lift it twice a day until I no longer can” or “demanding blood/ in exchange for miracles” Rodoni’s poignant voice lifts readers toward the unreachable space between reverie and reality. The successful blending of form and voice make Body, in Good Light a powerful personal debut collection—a tender tribute holding its subjects “full of the future, like a letter/ carried through war”. (read the full review here: https://tinyurl.com/erin-rodoni)

     Erin was born and raised in Point Reyes, CA, and holds a BA from UC Berkeley and an MFA from San Diego State. She loves travel, but not airplanes, though she still managed to jump out of one in New Zealand and willingly board a tiny one to cartwheel above the Nazca Lines in Peru. She currently lives in San Rafael, California, with her husband and two young daughters.

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     Third Thursday Poetry & Jazz is supported by The Third Thursday Poetry Group, many anonymous donors, and Poets & Writers, Inc. through a grant it has received from The James Irvine Foundation.

 

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