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
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