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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, [email protected], 845-758-7054
http://www.conjunctions.com

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November 23, 2022
I SAW ALL THE STRANGENESS IMMEDIATELY,

I saw it in this very particular slide of swell’s,
the sylphspun silk of the sylph, she sideways,
her garage is paradise in masque, her sweep
is saturn, szturn im sturm & string, install’d
in the area’s traverse. he follows that lucky
old sun, the gesture of her lining and loose
knot, and pulls herself through burns and a
dry wash and some soft lead. in discorporate
minerals, or in the sharing of the black sleek
sharing with the wild man in her soft shoes,
all over the panes of the various sworld and
out into the superhighway of bywater, hard
by marigny. to flow through one to another
indetermination, the posture of their brush
must be immaculate fray, all them, all they.
November 16, 2022
Day Book

One wants to grasp a latch.
The broken star, the cellophane.
One suffers if untethered from
the pain that brought a lock.
Across the way the husband tends his teeth.
The wife redresses, parted from her paper.
To emblemize, to separate the word
grief reaches. Grief reaches, unseduced.
November 9, 2022
He had thought for a while of having his ashes placed on a ship propelled out to sea while being set aflame with burning arrows—in his dotage, my father grew obsessed with Norse myth—but in today’s regulatory environment, bringing him here was the closest feasible compromise. “The best moment is when Fenris the giant wolf appears,” he’d told me on Zoom, his voice trembling only slightly. “It draws everyone’s attention, so nobody will be watching you. Do you remember how you used to cry when we got to the wolf?” This sounds more like something Ulf would do, although Ulf doesn’t remember coming here either. Most likely it was a lost intention of my father’s. He might have spent a day talking to strangers in a bar about planning a trip here, an imagined bout of quality time so vivid it became real for him in retrospect. Towards the end, the winter and the lockdown getting to him, my father was drinking forty ounces of vodka a day. I may not have been his favorite son, but I was the one who agreed to scatter his ashes here once, and if, the park reopened after COVID. Ulf would never violate theme park rules.
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