Join acclaimed poets Page Hill Starzinger and Kathy Fagan for a joint reading. Starzinger will read from her just-released new collection, Vortex Street. Fagan will read from her most recent collection, Sycamore, and some newer poems.
Vortex Street traces the harrowing mid-life journey of a woman struggling with childlessness and the loss of her parents, who discovers a new world in the aftermath. Taking inspiration from the punk band Pussy Riot to Venezuelan asylum seeker Ysabel, from Cuban-American artist Ana Mendieta to actress Mary Tyler Moore, in language brocaded with its own origins, the poems in Vortex Street whirl together different strands—of family and memory, science and history, pop culture and philosophy—to generate a new sense of identity as disparate elements touch and resonate. Vortex Street marks the return of one of our most gifted poets.
Page Hill Starzinger’s first poetry collection, Vestigial, selected by Lynn Emanuel to win the Barrow Street Book Prize, was published in 2013. Her chapbook, Unshelter, selected by Mary Jo Bang as winner of the Noemi contest was published in 2009. Her poems have appeared in Kenyon Review, Fence, West Branch, Pleiades, Volt, and others. Starzinger was Copy Director at Aveda for almost twenty years, and co-authored A Bouquet from the Met (Abrams, 1998). She lives in New York City.
Meditative and richly written, Kathy Fagan’s fifth poetry collection takes the sycamore as its inspiration—and delivers precise, luminous insights on lost love, nature, and the process of recovery. Along with Sycamore, Fagan is the author of four previous collections, including the National Poetry Series selection The Raft and the Vassar Miller Prize winner Moving & St Rage. Her work has appeared in Paris Review, Kenyon Review, Slate, Ploughshares, New Republic, The Nation, and Missouri Review, among other literary magazines. Director of the Creative Writing Program at Ohio State, Fagan serves as Series Editor of the OSU Press/The Journal Wheeler Poetry Prize.
Ohio Poetry Association and Ohio State’s Creative Writing Program are Gramercy’s Community Partners for this reading.