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Matt Dono­van and James Reich read from their new books at Santa Fe niver­sity of Art and De­sign; win­ners of the Muse Times Two Col­lege Po­etry Con­test read at Col­lected Works Book­store

Beau­ti­ful ruins

The ti­tle of Matt Dono­van’s first book of cre­ative non­fic­tion, A Cloud of Un­usual Size and Shape: Med­i­ta­tions on Ruin and Re­demp­tion (Trin­ity Univer­sity Press), is a ref­er­ence to the erup­tion of Mt. Ve­su­vius in AD 79, the ashes and other de­bris from which buried the city of Pom­peii. Dono­van, the au­thor of the po­etry col­lec­tion Vel­lum (Mariner Books, 2007) and the forth­com­ing chap­book Ten Burnt Lakes (Tu­pelo Press, 2017), has put to­gether a se­ries of highly crafted es­says that con­nect the vol­canic erup­tion to the Trin­ity Site near White Sands and to per­sonal mem­o­ries, works of art and lit­er­a­ture, and his trav­els in 2012 as a Fel­low in Lit­er­a­ture at the Amer­i­can Academy in Rome. Dono­van teaches at Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign; he reads from his es­says on Tues­day, April 12, at 7 p.m. in the O’Shaugh­nessy Per­for­mance Space at SFUAD (1600 St. Michael’s Drive) with his col­league, James Reich, whose new novel, Mis­tah Kurtz! A Pre­lude to Heart of Dark­ness, was pub­lished in March by Anti-Oedi­pus Press. Us­ing the papers Kurtz gives Mar­low at the end of Joseph Conrad’s novella as its premise, Reich’s novel takes place prior to Mar­low’s ar­rival in the Congo and in­vites read­ers on a fresh ad­ven­ture in colo­nial Africa.

Po­etry in mo­tion

Crit­i­cally ac­claimed po­ets Carol Moldaw and Dana Levin se­lected the win­ners of this year’s Muse Times Two Col­lege Po­etry Con­test; win­ners read from their po­ems at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226) at 4 p.m. on Sun­day, April 10. Win­ners were cho­sen only af­ter lo­cal col­leges held in­de­pen­dent com­pe­ti­tions to de­ter­mine fi­nal­ists and then sub­mit­ted those works to Moldaw and Levin. The four out­stand­ing young po­ets, each of whom re­ceives a mone­tary prize in ad­di­tion to an af­ter­noon in the spot­light, are Michael­sun Knapp from the In­sti­tute of Amer­i­can In­dian Arts, John Saulog from St. John’s Col­lege, Jes­sica Doolit­tle from Santa Fe Com­mu­nity Col­lege, and Ma­rina Wool­l­ven from Santa Fe Univer­sity of Art and De­sign. — Jen­nifer Levin

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