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An Evening of Poetry with John Hoppenthaler with special guests Anna Journey and David St. John

Joins us here at Shelf Life Books on Friday, February 23rd at 7pm for an evening of poetry with John Hoppenthaler reading from his new book Night Wing Over Metropolitan Area. Accompanied by Anna Journey reading from The Judas Ear and David St. John reading from The Last Troubadour.

John Hoppenthaler’s books of poetry are Night Wing Over Metropolitan Area, Domestic Garden, Anticipate the Coming Reservoir, and Lives of Water, all with Carnegie Mellon UP. With Kazim, Ali, he has co-edited a volume of essays on the poetry of Jean Valentine, This-World Company (U of Michigan P). His poetry, essays, and interviews have appeared in Ploughshares, Virginia Quarterly Review, New York Magazine, Southern Review, Poetry Northwest, The Literary Review, Blackbird, Southern Humanities Review, and many other journals, anthologies, and textbooks.  *photo credit - Michael Paul Thomas

Anna Journey is a poet and essayist. She’s the author of four books of poems: The Judas Ear (LSU Press, 2022), The Atheist Wore Goat Silk (LSU Press, 2017), Vulgar Remedies (LSU Press, 2013), and If Birds Gather Your Hair for Nesting (University of Georgia Press, 2009), which was selected by Thomas Lux for the National Poetry Series. She’s also published the essay collection An Arrangement of Skin (Counterpoint, 2017). 

David St. John has been honored, over the course of his career, with many of the most significant prizes for poets, including both the Rome Fellowship and the Award in Literature from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters, the O. B. Hardison Prize from The Folger Shakespeare Library, and the George Drury Smith Lifetime Achievement Award from Beyond Baroque. He is the author of twelve collections of poetry (including Study for the World’s Body, nominated for The National Book Award in Poetry), most recently the collections, The Last Troubadour: New & Selected Poems, The Auroras and The Window, as well as a volume of essays, interviews and reviews entitled Where the Angels Come Toward Us. He is also the co-editor of American Hybrid: A Norton Anthology of New Poetry. David St. John has written libretti for the opera, THE FACE, and for the choral symphony, THE SHORE.

Date: 02/23/2024
Time: 7:00pm - 8:30pm
Shelf Life Books
2913 W Cary St
Richmond, VA 23222