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DEBUT BOOK TOUR READING: Moheb Soliman with Kathryn Savage
July 1 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Join us in celebrating the debut poetry collection, HOMES, by Moheb Soliman!
Write On welcomes back Moheb Soliman, who has twice been a writer-in-residence, to celebrate the publication of his postmodern poetry collection, HOMES, out in June from Coffee House Press.
Moheb will be joined by Kathryn Savage who will read from her nonfiction book, Groundglass, forthcoming from Coffee House in 2022.
Join us for an evening of readings and conversations with two brilliant rising literary figures!
THIS PROGRAM IS PRESENTED IN PERSON
ABOUT HOMES AND MOHEB SOLIMAN
Huron, Ontario, Michigan, Erie, Superior: HOMES. Moheb Soliman traces the coasts of the Great Lakes with postmodern poems exploring the natural world, the experience of belonging, and the formation of identity along borders. HOMES maps the shoreline of the Great Lakes from the rocky North Shore of Minnesota to the Thousand Islands of eastern Ontario. This poetic travelogue offers an intimate perspective on an immigrant experience as Soliman drives his Corolla past exquisite vistas and abandoned mines, through tourist towns and midwestern suburbs, seeking to inhabit an entire region as home. Against the backdrop of environmental destruction and a history of colonial oppression, the vitality of Soliman’s language brings a bold ecopoetic lens to bear on the relationship between transience and belonging in the world’s largest, most porous borderland.
Moheb Soliman is an interdisciplinary poet from Egypt and the Midwest. He has presented writing, performance, installation, and video work at diverse literary, art, and public spaces in the US and Canada with support from the Banff Centre, Pillsbury House, the Joyce Foundation, and Tulsa Artist Fellowship. Moheb has degrees from The New School and the University of Toronto and lives in Minneapolis, Minnesota, where he was the program director for the Arab American literary journal and arts organization Mizna.
ABOUT GROUNDGLASS AND KATHRYN SAVAGE
A debut hybrid work combining research on four US Superfund sites with writing on geology, contamination, disease, family, and the body as an unstable environment. Groundglass takes shape atop the most polluted aquifer in the state of Minnesota, beside trains that haul petroleum fracked and pushed east from the Bakken Shale Formation, as Kathryn Savage contemplates the transgressions of four US Superfund sites against land, groundwater, neighborhoods, and people. Guided by the parallel experiences of raising a young son while supporting a father dying of cancer, Savage traces concentric rings of connection—to our bodies, to one another, to our communities, to our ecosystem—to destabilize the boundary between self and environment. As investigative as it is lyrical, and incorporating photography, theory, and poetry, Groundglass calls us to awareness of the precarity of our planet and reminds us that no living thing exists on its own.
Kathryn Savage is a hybrid writer whose debut lyric essay collection, Groundglass, is forthcoming from Coffee House Press. Her writing has appeared in American Short Fiction, the Guardian, Poets & Writers, the Academy of American Poets’s Poets.org, Ploughshares, Village Voice, and The Best Small Fictions of 2015, among others. Savage teaches creative writing and composition at the Minneapolis College of Art and Design (MCAD) and the University of Minnesota, where she is pursuing a second MFA in poetry.