CitySpace Presents: The Writer’s Imagination

Sunday, March 7th at 6:00p EST

Some of us look at a piece of paper and it is blank; others of us look at the landscape of a blank page and are inspired to create. For close to a year, our individual and collective imaginations have been fed by solitude, by injustice, and by the recognition that our communities of neighbors and friends are both vulnerable and resilient. How do we make sense of it? How do those who are inspired become inspired and use the power of imagination to connect us with ideas, with each other, and with the community to effect change?

“The Writer’s Imagination” features current Poet Laureate of Easthampton, poet/translator María José Giménez, former Poet Laureate of Northampton, poet/author Lesléa Newman, and award-winning author and co-owner of Book Moon, Kelly Link, in conversation with poet/translator Michael Favala Goldman.

Join this conversation about identifying sources of personal inspiration, and how these authors have found ways to transform that inspiration into works that don’t just move us but resonate.

The prelude to the main event will be a fun 15 minutes of bingo hosted by Comics N’ More. Look for giveaways and prizes throughout the event. Get your tickets early to receive your CitySpace special thank you in your postbox!

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María José Giménez is a poet, translator, and editor whose work has received support from the NEA, the Studios at MASS MoCA, the Breadloaf Translators’ Conference, Canada Council for the Arts, and the Banff International Literary Translation Centre. María José is the 2019–2021 Poet Laureate of Easthampton, Massachusetts, author of CHELATED (Belladonna*), and winner of the American Academy of Poets Ambroggio Prize (Mara Pastor’s DEUDA NATAL/NATAL DEBT, with Anna Rosenwong).

María José writes and translates between English, Spanish, and French and is the translator of Edurne Pasaban’s mountaineering memoir Tilting at Mountains, Alejandro Saravia’s novel Red, Yellow, Green, and the chapbook As Though The Wound Had Heard by Puerto Rican poet Mara Pastor. Born and raised in Venezuela and currently based in Easthampton, Massachusetts, María José is working on a first book of poems in Spanish and English, translating a second book of poems by Mara Pastor with Anna Rosenwong, and remembering how to play the cuatro.

Kelly Link is the author of the collections Stranger Things HappenMagic for BeginnersPretty Monsters, and Get in Trouble. Her short stories have been published in The Magazine of Fantasy & Science Fiction, The Best American Short Stories, and Prize Stories: The O. Henry Awards. She is a 2018 MacArthur Fellow and has received a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. She and Gavin J. Grant have co-edited a number of anthologies, including multiple volumes of The Year’s Best Fantasy and Horror and, for young adults, Steampunk! and Monstrous Affections. Kelly is the co-founder, with her husband Gavin, of Small Beer Press. The couple recently purchased White Square Books in Easthampton and opened Book Moon in 2019l.

Lesléa Newman (she/her) has created 75 books for readers of all ages including the dual memoir-in-verse I Carry My Mother and I Wish My Father; the novel-in-verse October Mourning: A Song For Matthew Shepard; and the children’s books Heather Has Two MommiesSparkle Boy, and Gittel’s’s Journey An Ellis Island Story. Her literary awards include poetry fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Massachusetts Artists Foundation, the National Jewish Book Award, the Massachusetts Book Award, two American Library Association Stonewall Honors, and the Association of Jewish Libraries Sydney Taylor Body-of-Work award. From 2008 – 2010, she served as the poet laureate of Northampton.

Michael Favala Goldman is a poet, a jazz clarinetist, and a widely-published translator of Danish literature. Among his sixteen translated books are The Water Farm Trilogy by Cecil Bødker and Dependency by Tove Ditlevsen (a Penguin Classic). His first book of original poetry, Who Has Time For This? was published in 2020. He lives in Northampton, MA, where he has been running bi-monthly poetry critique groups since 2018.

 

 

 

Event date: 
Sunday, March 7, 2021 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm
Event address: 
86 Cottage Street
Easthampton, MA 01027
Red, Yellow, Green (Biblioasis International Translation #20) Cover Image
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Published: Biblioasis - October 24th, 2017

In Montreal, Alfredo struggles with his memories of being ordered to commit an atrocity by the Bolivian army. Despising his nation as an oppressive sham, he falls for a woman who has no nation--a Kurdish freedom fighter trying to blast an independent Kurdistan into existence. As the net of intrigue closes in on his lover, Alfredo must finally face his past.


As Though the Wound Had Heard Cover Image
By Mara Pastor, Maria Jose Gimenez (Translator)
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Published: Cardboard House Press - September 14th, 2017

Poetry. Latino/Latina Studies. Women's Studies. Translated from the Spanish by Mar a Jos Gim nez. Words rarely fail us. Rather, it's often the other way around. A poem like Mara Pastor's Man reminds me of how much we undercut and burden them with the task of unidirectional sense- making.


Get in Trouble: Stories Cover Image
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FINALIST FOR THE PULITZER PRIZE • NATIONAL BESTSELLER • A bewitching story collection from a writer hailed as “the most darkly playful voice in American fiction” (Michael Chabon) and “a national treasure” (Neil Gaiman).

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Magic for Beginners: Stories Cover Image
By Kelly Link, Shelley Jackson (Illustrator)
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Perfect for readers of George Saunders, Karen Russell, Neil Gaiman, and Aimee Bender, Magic for Beginners is an exquisite, dreamlike dispatch from a virtuoso storyteller who can do seemingly anything. Kelly Link reconstructs modern life through an intoxicating prism, conjuring up unforgettable worlds with humor and humanity. These stories are at once ingenious and deeply moving.


Pretty Monsters Cover Image
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The crossover literary sensation...now in paperback!


Stranger Things Happen: Stories Cover Image
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Published: Small Beer Press - July 1st, 2001

"An alchemical mix of Borges, Raymond Chandler and Buffy the Vampire Slayer."--Salon.com (Best of the Year)

"A delightful collection."--Cleveland Plain Dealer

"My favorite fantasy writer."--Alan Cheuse, All Things Considered


I Wish My Father Cover Image
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"My intention was to 'peek' at I Wish My Father, but I couldn't put it down, and after the last poem, I started again from page one and read to the end. This collection is so moving and plain-spoken, that the careful attention to the ingredients of sound and prosody baked into each line might go unnoticed, which is what we, as poets, hope for.


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A masterful poetic exploration of the impact of Matthew Shepard’s murder on the world.


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Gittel and her mother were supposed to immigrate to America together, but when her mother is stopped by the health inspector, Gittel must make the journey alone. Her mother writes her cousin’s address in New York on a piece of paper.


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By Leslea Newman, Maria Mola (Illustrator)
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Published: Lee & Low Books - June 15th, 2017

Irma Black Award Finalist

Young Casey loves sparkly things, just like his older sister, who does not approve until an encounter with teasing bullies helps her learn to accept and respect Casey for who he is.


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By Leslea Newman, Laura Cornell (Illustrator)
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“Each page is artfully and distinctly rendered to be a visual depiction of the beauty of joy and diversity.” — School Library Journal


I Carry My Mother Cover Image
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Published: Headmistress Press - January 2nd, 2015

I Carry My Mother is a book-length cycle of poems that explores a daughter's journey through her mother's illness and death. From diagnosis through yahrtzeit (one-year anniversary), the narrator grapples with what it means to lose a mother.


The Copenhagen Trilogy: Childhood; Youth; Dependency Cover Image
By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by), Michael Favala Goldman (Translated by)
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Published: Farrar, Straus and Giroux - January 26th, 2021

Called "a masterpiece" by The New York Times, the acclaimed trilogy from Tove Ditlevsen, a pioneer in the field of genre-bending confessional writing


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By Tove Ditlevsen, Tiina Nunnally (Translated by)
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The acclaimed Danish poet Tove Ditlevsen’s autobiographical Copenhagen Trilogy ("A masterpiece" The Guardian) continues with Youth.


Dependency: The Copenhagen Trilogy: Book 3 Cover Image
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Published: FSG Originals - January 26th, 2021

The final volume in the renowned Danish poet Tove Ditlevsen’s autobiographical Copenhagen Trilogy ("A masterpiece" The Guardian). Following Childhood and Youth, Dependency is the searing portrait of a woman’s journey through love, friendship, ambition, and addiction, from one of Denmark’s most celebrated twentieth century writers


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Published: Spuyten Duyvil - April 1st, 2020

Liberated collects essays on personal development and reads as a philosophical supplement to the autobiographical three volume novel Creme Fraiche, Ja, and Transparency.


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Published: Spuyten Duyvil - September 12th, 2018

Whether it's a butterfly "kicking off its cocoon," larks singing "across flat farm country," a dawn that "kneels in the grass / quenching its thirst / in the damp footprints of night," or the poet's own "urge to be a squirrel," the poems in Cecil B dker's Inheritance are grounded in the physical world and transformed by her alert and always surprising imagination.