Join us as National Book Award-winning poet Daniel Borzutzky reads from his new collection Lake Michigan. Described by Booklist as “an immediate, dangerous, and urgent work,” Borzutzky’s series of 19 lyric poems imagines a prison camp located on the beaches of a Chicago that is privatized, racially segregated, and overrun by a brutal police force. Notes poet Patricia Smith, “Borzutzky’s surreal and terrifying lakeside dreamscape… is deftly crafted and chilling in its proximity to the real.” Borzutzky will be joined by Peruvian poet and professor Margarita Saona who will also read from her new collection Corazón de hojalata/Tin Heart. Copies of Lake Michigan and Corazón de hojalata/Tin Heart will be available for purchase.
Daniel Borzutzky is a poet and translator. His collection The Performance of Becoming Human was awarded the 2016 National Book Award for Poetry, and his other books include In the Murmurs of the Rotten Carcass Economy, Memories of My Overdevelopment, and The Book of Interfering Bodies. His translation of Galo Ghigliotto’s Valdivia won the 2017 National Translation Award. He lives in Chicago.
Margarita Saona leads the Department of Hispanic and Italian Studies at the University of Illinois. She has published numerous articles, two books on literary and cultural criticism, and two books of short fiction – Comehoras and Objeto perdido.
This event is part of the 2018 Evanston Literary Festival.Register