The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA


April 9, 2014

Faculty book release reading at Susquehanna University

SELINSGROVE — Karla Kelsey will read from her recently published book of poetry, “A Conjoined Book,” Thursday at 7 p.m. in Isaacs Auditorium in Seibert Hall.

Kelsey is an associate professor of creative writing at the university. She has had three books published, two of them published by Boise State University’s Ahsahta Press, Knowledge, Forms, the Aviary, and Iteration Nets. Her third book, “A Conjoined Book,” has been published by Omnidawn Press. She is also an editor and contributor to Fence Books Constant Critic poetry book review website. In addition, Kelsey coedits SplitLevel Texts, a small innovative poetry and prose press with Aaron McCollough.

“A Conjoined Book” weaves together two volumes, “Aftermath” and “Become Tree, Become Bird,” creating a “meditation on the nature of aboutness.”

“Aftermath,” the first section of the book, focuses the reader on ecological and emotional disconnect, which Kelsey drew from her personal experience of moving to Central Pennsylvania in 2006. The second book, “Become Tree, Become Bird,” overlaps the Brothers Grimm’s “The Juniper Tree” onto the story of “Aftermath,” turning discontent and division into a fairytale.

Julie Carr, author of Rag, commented on the book saying, “Works of this much intelligence, this much care, this much affective presence are rare. I’ve never read anything like it and it’s changed me.”

The reading is free to the public and copies of the book will be for sale.

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