Free and open to the public
6:30 p.m. | Reception
7:00 p.m. | Poetry + Music
8:00 p.m. | Book Signing
Milkweed Editions and Rain Taxi present the launch of Brian Laidlaw’s The Mirrormaker, his new poetry collection and its accompanying album. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for mingling and cocktails, and at 7 p.m. the program will kick off, featuring a mix of poetry and music from Brian, renowned poet/performer Douglas Kearney, and artist (and Obama Foundation fellow) Ashley Hanson. A book signing to follow.
“Brian Laidlaw reinvented the moon and he didn’t even have to go to outer space to do it. He is an inner space man. A stargazer, vagabond, singer, and poet cut from the American grain . . . How lucky to have this new collection of his poems.”—D.A. Powell
A companion volume to The Stuntman, The Mirrormaker fuses the stories of two fabled couples: the mythical Narcissus and Echo, and Bob Dylan and Echo Star Helstrom. Sharp, searching, and ecstatically musical, The Mirrormaker is a genre-expanding exploration of boom and bust—in mining economies and in young love.
Douglas Kearney’s most recent collection, Buck Studies (Fence Books, 2016), is a Roethke Memorial Poetry Prize winner, a CLMP Firecracker awardee, and California Book Award silver medalist. Publishers Weekly called Kearney’s Mess and Mess and (Noemi Press, 2015) “an extraordinary book.” He teaches creative writing at the University of Minnesota.
Ashley Hanson is a theater artist based in Granite Falls, MN. She was awarded an Obama Foundation fellowship this year for her work in using the arts to help rural communities connect across difference, revitalize their rural spaces, and create new narratives across the United States.
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