At Skylight: Callie Siskel presents TWO MINDS w/ L.A. Johnson & Armen Davoudian

At Skylight: Callie Siskel presents TWO MINDS w/ L.A. Johnson & Armen Davoudian

Join us for a piercing and beautiful elegy for the poet’s father, a debut volume investigating the enduring pain and transformative potential of grief.

Does loss define us, or do we define loss? Tracing the duality of grief as it reverberates through a family, Callie Siskel wrestles with questions of identity and inheritance in precise, lucid poetry. Two Minds indulges and therefore exposes the vanity of turning private pain into art and the pursuit of self-revelation. Drawing on ekphrasis, ars poetica, and the prose poem, Siskel expands the elegiac genre as she oscillates between childhood and adulthood, art and mythology, as well as the natural and domestic world. At once cerebral and emotional, Two Minds is an essential meditation on the ways that loss cleaves and doubles our perceptive power.

Callie Siskel is the author of Two Minds, forthcoming from W. W. Norton, and Arctic Revival selected by Elizabeth Alexander for a Poetry Society of America Chapbook Fellowship. Her poetry appears or is forthcoming in The Paris ReviewThe Atlantic, and the New York Review of Books. She lives in Los Angeles, and is a poetry editor a

L. A. Johnson is the author of the chapbook Little Climates (Bull City Press, 2017). She holds a PhD from the University of Southern California, where she is currently a Mellon Humanities and University of the Future postdoctoral fellow. The winner of the 2022 Mississippi Review Poetry Prize, the 2022 Greensboro Review Poetry Prize, the 2021 Arts & Letters Rumi Poetry Prize, her poems appear in The AtlanticPoetry MagazineThe Slowdown, and elsewhere. 
Armen Davoudian is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Forty Pillars (Tin House) and the translator, from Persian, of Hopscotch by Fatemeh Shams (Ugly Duckling Presse). He grew up in Isfahan, Iran, and is a PhD candidate in English at Stanford University.
Event date: 
Tuesday, April 30, 2024 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1818 N Vermont Ave
Los Angeles, CA 90027
Two Minds: Poems By Callie Siskel Cover Image
ISBN: 9781324073673
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Published: W. W. Norton & Company - April 16th, 2024