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January 28, 2021 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

A reading and conversation with the poet and editors



Join us for a reading by poet Mark Wunderlich from his fourth collection of poetry, God of Nothingness, followed by a conversation with Graywolf Press poetry editors Chantz Erolin and Jeff Shotts. This is a unique opportunity to hear from both the poet and his editors about the process of putting a poetry collection together.


God of Nothingness is a book for those who have seen death up close or even quietly wished for it. In these poems, honed to a devastating edge, Mark Wunderlich asks: How is it we go on as those around us die? And why go on at all? This collection is a brilliant testament to the human ability to make something tough-minded and resilient out of despair and the inevitability of death drawing near. Some poems are moving elegies addressed to mentors, friends, and family recently gone; some contend with the unasked-for responsibilities of inheritance and the family name; others call forth the understanding of being the end of a genetic line; still others remember a rural midwestern coming-of-age and, chillingly, an encounter with the serial killer Jeffrey Dahmer. Present all the while are the prevailing comforts and wonders found in the natural world, work, and the longing for traditions that seem to be passing from our time. Exquisite in its craft and capaciousness, God of Nothingness is an unflinching journal of solitude and survival.

“Erotic, folkloric, elegiac, philosophic, aesthetic, lyric, queer and rural and utterly haunted (but without the usual messiness of haunting), Wunderlich transcends downward and takes us with him. . . . I am in love with The God of Nothingness, which is permeated, it turns out, with a majestic somethingness.”—Diane Seuss

This reading is presented free but registration is required. To register, please click the button below.


Graywolf Press is a leading independent publisher committed to the discovery and energetic publication of twenty-first century American and international literature. They champion outstanding writers at all stages of their careers to ensure that adventurous readers can find underrepresented and diverse voices in a crowded marketplace.

Graywolf Press believe works of literature nourish the reader’s spirit and enrich the broader culture, and that they must be supported by attentive editing, compelling design, and creative promotion.


Chantz Erolin works with poets through manuscript development and all stages of production as editorial and production associate at Graywolf Press, where he was the inaugural Citizen Literary Fellow. A poet and critic, Erolin’s writing can be found in the BelieverGood Job, and elsewhere. He lives on the Southside of Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he grew up.




Jeff Shotts is Executive Editor at Graywolf Press, where he edits works of poetry, essays, and criticism. In 2017, Shotts received the Editor’s Award from Poets & Writers. He lives in Minneapolis.





Mark Wunderlich is the author of four books of poems, the most recent of which is God of Nothingness, published by Graywolf Press in 2021. His other books include The Earth Avails, which received the Rilke Prize, Voluntary Servitude, and The Anchorage, which received the Lambda Literary Award.  His poems, essays, reviews and interviews have appeared in The New Yorker, The Nation, The New Republic, Paris Review, New York Times Magazine, and elsewhere, and his poems have been widely anthologized.  He is the director of the Bennington Writing Seminars graduate writing program, and lives in New York’s Hudson Valley.  More information can be found at www.markwunderlich.com.




January 28, 2021
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
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