The Wishing Tomb (Perugia Press) by Auchter;
Night Radio (University of Utah Press) by Young
Two accomplished poets, Amanda Auchter and Kim Young, will visit Skylight to read and sign their new collections, The Wishing Tomb and Night Radio, respectively.
"The Wishing Tomb is a lyric history of New Orleans’ beauty and brutality, both human and environmental. Amanda Auchter is a poet of rare elegance and dexterity who writes just as movingly about gunshot as she does the markings of brick-scratch left on the tomb of Marie Laveau. Every city deserves the subtle attention of such a poet, a poet brave and nimble enough to touch every line of the city’s rough, loved, and disastrous skin." --Katie Ford
"The sounds of Night Radio move between hard-won revelation and pulsing music; they spread across the dry outlands of LA, a world of 'silt and turkey vultures' where men in trucks hunt for girls, and where girls kiss their 'practice-hopes,' then run like ambulances toward a 'slick gentleman lighting matches under a streetlight.' Watchful, vulnerable, quick, and shrewd. All this, joined in radiant waves to the 'little signal towers' of the body. A brave and accomplished first book." --David Gewanter
Amanda Auchter is the founding editor of Pebble Lake Review and the author of The Glass Crib, winner of the Zone 3 Press First Book Award for Poetry, and the chapbook Light Under Skin. She has received awards and honors from Bellevue Literary Review, BOMB Magazine, Bread Loaf Writers Conference, Crab Orchard Review, Southern Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, and was a 2007 finalist for the Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship from The Poetry Foundation. She holds an MFA from Bennington College and teaches creative writing and literature at Lone Star College.
Kim Young is the author of Night Radio, winner of the 2011 Agha Shahid Ali Poetry Prize (The University of Utah Press) and the chapbook Divided Highway (Dancing Girl Press, 2008). She is the founding editor of Chaparral—an online journal featuring poetry from Southern California. Her poems have appeared in Los Angeles Review, MiPOesias, No Tell Motel, POOL and elsewhere. She holds an MA at Cal State University Northridge and an MFA at Bennington College, where she received a Jane Kenyon Scholarship in poetry. She was born in Los Angeles and lives in LA with her husband and daughter.