Portland Book Festival is pleased to host Jake Skeets (Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers), alongside authors Julian Smith (Aloha Rodeo) and Justin St. Germain (Son of a Gun) for a conversation on reconsidering the American West.
Event name: Frontiers: Reconsidering the American West
When: November 9 @ 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Where: Portland Art Museum, Miller Gallery (Mark & Ann Edlen Family Stage)
New perspectives on the stories and characters that have shaped and are still definiing the American West. Jake Skeets’s debut poetry collection, Eyes Bottle Dark with a Mouthful of Flowers, is an unflinching portrait of the actual West, and a fierce reclamation of a living place—full of beauty as well as brutality. A landscaped scarred by violence, but startlingly lush. An unforgettable human drama set against the rough-knuckled frontier, David Wolman and Julian Smith’s Aloha Rodeo unspools the fascinating and little-known true story of the Hawaiian cowboys, or paniolo, whose 1908 adventure upended the conventional history of the American West. Moderated by Justin St. Germain, author of Son of a Gun.