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A Conjunctions Launch Reading with Joyce Carol Oates, Quincy Troupe, Rob Nixon, and Hilary Leichter
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar Celebrates the New Earth Elegies Issue
Thursday, January 30, 2020
7:00 pm – 8:00 pm EST/GMT-5
Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar, 126 Crosby St., New York, NY 10012
Conjunctions celebrates its current issue, Conjunctions:73, Earth Elegies, with readings by contributors Joyce Carol Oates, Quincy TroupeRob Nixon, and Hilary Leichterintroduced by Conjunctions editor and novelist Bradford Morrow, at Housing Works Bookstore Cafe & Bar (126 Crosby St., New York, N.Y.). Refreshments will be available for purchase courtesy of Housing Works, and copies of the issue will be available for sale and signing.

Longtime contributor Joyce Carol Oates will read from her story “A Theory Pre-Post-Mortem.” Miles Davis biographer and award-winning writer Quincy Troupe will read from his poem “Think of It.” Newcomers to Conjunctions include Rob Nixon, who will read from his essay on the epidemic of environmental martyrdom, “Fallen Martyrs, Felled Trees,” and Hilary Leichter, who will read from her story “In the Mist of Everything.”

The literary journal Conjunctions, published by Bard College, has been a living notebook for provocative, risk-taking, rigorously composed fiction, poetry, and narrative nonfiction since 1981. As PEN America has it: “Conjunctions is one of our most distinctive and valuable literary magazines: innovative, daring, indispensable, and beautiful.”

In addition to work by the readers, the Earth Elegies issue includes contributions by Arthur Sze, Robert Macfarlane, Diane Ackerman, Francine Prose, Brian Evenson, Rae Armantrout, Nathaniel Mackey, Lance Olsen, Eliot Weinberger, Rachel Blau DuPlessis, James Morrow, Sofia Samatar, Karla Kelsey, Troy Jollimore, Jessica Reed, Heather Altfeld, Andrew Mossin, Sandra Meek, Krista Eastman, Yxta Maya Murray, Kate Monaghan, Matthew Gavin Frank, Matthew Cheney, Jessica Campbell, Thomas Dai, Toby Olson, Debbie Urbanski, Donald Revell, Sabine Schiffner, Wil Weitzel, Jonathan Thirkield, Rebecca Lilly, and Kristine Ong Muslim.
 
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
 
National Book Award winner and Pulitzer Prize finalist Joyce Carol Oates is the author, most recently, of My Life as a Rat (Ecco) and Pursuit (Mysterious Press). Her story “Undocumented Alien” in Conjunctions:67, Other Aliens received a Pushcart Prize. She is the 2019 recipient of the Jerusalem Prize and is currently Distinguished Writer in the Graduate Writing Program at New York University. Her novel Night. Sleep. Death. The Stars. is forthcoming from Ecco in June.

Quincy Troupe is the author of 20 books, including 10 volumes of poetry. He is coauthor, with Miles Davis, of Miles: The Autobiography, which won the American Book Award, and author of the memoir Miles and Me (Seven Stories), which is scheduled for release as a major motion picture for which Mr. Troupe wrote the screenplay. Also forthcoming from Seven Stories are Duende: Poems from 1966 Until Now and a memoir, The Accordion Years.

Rob Nixon is the Currie C. and Thomas A. Barron Family Professor in Humanities and the Environment at Princeton University. His books include London Calling: V. S. Naipaul, Postcolonial Mandarin (Oxford); Dreambirds: The Natural History of a Fantasy (Picador); and, most recently, Slow Violence and the Environmentalism of the Poor (Harvard), which won an American Book Award.

Hilary Leichter’s debut novel, Temporary, is forthcoming from Coffee House/Emily Books in March. Her writing has appeared in n+1The New YorkerAmerican Short Fiction, and elsewhere. She has been awarded fellowships from the Folger Shakespeare Library and the New York Foundation for the Arts.

Contact: Nicole Nyhan, conjunctions@bard.edu, 845-758-7054
http://www.conjunctions.com

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Dispatches from Solitude
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February 24, 2021
Then geese cycle madly
across a pond
like Wile E. Coyote
three feet past the cliff—

catch lift
and join the great migration.
February 17, 2021
We’re coming home from school, walking up the hill, Marco in front, his head down, his hands buried in the pockets of his jeans, Laurel behind him, the collar of her shirt spilling out of her sweater like a tropical plant, then Samantha, agitated, as if struggling to free several birds from the snags in her hair, and finally Peter, our little brother, who lags behind us and sings:

           and all the people said
           what a shame that he’s dead
February 10, 2021
Lev’s suit was neat and elegant, even when rumpled. In another life he might have been a priest rather than a civil servant and teaching meditation classes once a month at the community center. He had turned forty that year and often talked about retirement when he could dedicate himself to his practice full-time. They had met two years ago, after one of his classes, when Claire had asked him if he believed in reincarnation. She was interested, she said.
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