“I Know Why I Make the Past a Destination,” Rachel Jamison Webster begins, reminding us of the mystery of time – how sometimes we can “almost, but not quite, remember the future,” how we can live days that feel layered with earlier lives, earlier selves.
This group reading at the Chicago Public Library offers a sampling of the diversity of women’s voices, topics and writing styles that can be heard at the Woman Made Gallery. Featured poets include Yolanda Nieves, Robin Fine, Kelly Norman Ellis and curator Nina Corwin.
Poet Jennifer Steele discovered that poetry is a kind of prophecy for her, a way to discover what she does not yet know about herself. Jennifer reminds us of the voice that can speak – and illuminate – a little of our own mystery.
Chris Adrian writing styles in short stories vary greatly; from modernist realism to pronounced lyrical allegory. His novels both tend toward surrealism, having mostly realistic characters experience fantastic circumstances.
D.A. Powell gives a reading as part of the Northwestern University English Department 6th Annual Creative Writers' Festival. D. A. Powell is the author of a trilogy of books, including Tea (Wesleyan, 1998); Lunch (2000); and Cocktails (Graywolf, 2004), which was nominated for the National Book Critics Circle Award.