DORA MALECH reads from her new poetry collection STET, with MICHELLE BRITTAN ROSADO

Stet (Princeton University Press)

In Stet, poet Dora Malech takes constraint as her catalyst and subject, exploring what it means to make or break a vow, to create art out of a life in flux, to reckon with the body’s bounds, and to arrive at a place where one might bear and care for another life. Tapping the inventive possibilities of constrained forms, particularly the revealing limitations of the anagram, Stet is a work of serious play that brings home the connections and intimacies of language.

Praise for Stet:

“With anagrammatic swerve, Dora Malech stitches letters into lyric tapestries of cascading metamorphoses. The stunning final series reinvents a Plath poem: poiesis becoming as palpable as the dawning of crystals in dark matter.” —Charles Bernstein 

“Reader beware: you are handling a book as dangerous as it is delicious. Dora Malech’s passionate constraint— her fervor, her discipline, and her devotion—is exemplary and can be contagious. This collection is one of a kind.” —Stephen Yenser 

"Part tour de force, part cri de coeur, Stet enacts a transposition: the system of language is given a mutable body while the feverish spirit straps itself to the rigor of patterning. Dora Malech’s feats have made for a knotty and mesmerizing book.” —Susan Wheeler 

“If a poem is ‘a machine made of words,’ here it’s broken down to its essential elements, and then built back up in a recombinatory process echoing DNA, and as full of life.” —Cole Swensen 

Dora Malech is the author of three books of poetry, most recently, Stet (Princeton University Press, 2018). A fourth, Flourish, is forthcoming from Carnegie Mellon University Press in 2020. Her poems have appeared in numerous publications, including The New Yorker, Poetry, Poetry London, and The Best American Poetry. She is the recipient of awards that include an Amy Clampitt Residency Award, a Ruth Lilly Poetry Fellowship, a Mary Sawyers Baker Prize, and a Writers' Fellowship from the Civitella Ranieri Foundation. Her visual art has recently appeared in Poetry and Poetry Northwest. She lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where she is an assistant professor in The Writing Seminars at Johns Hopkins University.

Michelle Brittan Rosado is the author of Why Can't It Be Tenderness, winner of the Felix Pollak Poetry Prize (University of Wisconsin Press, 2018) and Theory on Falling into a Reef, winner of the inaugural Rick Campbell Chapbook Prize (Anhinga Press, 2016). Her poems have appeared in Alaska Quarterly Review, Indiana Review, Poet Lore, The New Yorker, and elsewhere. She holds an MFA in creative writing from California State University, Fresno, and a PhD in creative writing and literature from University of Southern California.

Dora Malech Photo by Joanna Chattman



Event date: 
Friday, August 30, 2019 - 7:30pm
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1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Stet: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9780691181448
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Published: Princeton University Press - October 30th, 2018

Why Can't It Be Tenderness (Wisconsin Poetry Series) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780299319946
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Published: University of Wisconsin Press - November 27th, 2018