Curator’s comment from Taylor Mali: Listen for music in this pairing, and I don’t mean just “the music of the poetry, man.” I mean literal music. Derrick Brown was the lead singer of a band called John Wilkes Kissing Booth, and he still often writes haunting dirges to play off an iPod while reciting his work. And Kim Addonizio is an accomplished harmonica player, and that skill usually comes out at some point in her readings. They both rock hard, and have similarly quirky senses of humor so I’m looking forward to this night especially.
Kim Addonizio’s latest books are My Black Angel: Blues Poems & Portraits, with Charles Jones, from Stephen F. Austin State University Press; and The Palace of Illusions, a book of stories from Counterpoint/Soft Skull. She teaches privately online and wherever she happens to be living (currently Oakland, CA and New York City). Her other books include five volumes of poetry, two books on writing poetry, two novels, and another collection of stories. Visit her online at www.kimaddonizio.com
Derrick C. Brown is the winner of the 2013 Texas Book of The Year award for Poetry. He is a former paratrooper for the 82nd airborne and is the president of one of what Forbes and Filter Magazine call “…one of the best independent presses in the country”, Write Bloody Publishing. He is the author of four books of poetry. The New York Times calls his work, “…a rekindling of faith in the weird, hilarious, shocking, beautiful power of words.”