Faculty Pub Night: Sarah Maclay

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The eight and final Faculty Pub Night of the 2018-2019 season features Sarah Maclay, Clinical Assistant Professor of English at LMU's Bellarmine College of Liberal Arts. Maclay will discuss her recent publication, Angle of Reflection.

About Faculty Pub Night: 

Students, staff, faculty, alumni, and any members of the public are all invited to the 2018-2019 series of Faculty Pub Night at the William H. Hannon Library. Eight LMU professors (four per semester) are selected annually to discuss their latest publication or project in a comfortable setting and format that welcomes diverse perspectives for an inclusive conversation aimed to educate the entire community. All Faculty Pub Nights are free and open to the public. Pub refreshments and snacks will be served courtesy of the William H. Hannon Library. 

About the Author's Work: 

Angle of Reflection features a selection of award-winning poetry from the Venice Collective—ten Los Angeles poets with a remarkable 20-year history of working together. This luminous collection is both a sampler and a reservoir, capturing poems that serve as an entrée and retrospective as well as a showcase of current work. Perhaps the only umbrella term to categorize the poems here is lyric, though each poet’s section offers an individual interpretation and definition. However, there is nothing fragmented about the way this anthology flows. Because of, and despite, the differences in these poets’ singular voices, their poems carry on complex conversations across sections—correspondences that invite the reader to engage with the contrasts and similarities, themes and images. With an Introduction by esteemed poet David St. John, with whom some in the group worked weekly for many years, Angle of Reflection is a celebration of community, collaboration, and the joy of poetic diversity.

About the Author: 

Sarah Maclay’s most recent collection is The “She” Series: A Venice Correspondence, a braided collaboration with Holaday Mason (What Books Press, 2016).  A 2016 City of LA Master Artist Fellow, 2015 Yaddo resident, and Pushcart Special Mention awardee, her earlier books include Music for the Black Room (2011), The White Bride (2008) and Whore (2004, Tampa Review Prize for Poetry), all from University of Tampa Press; three chapbooks: Shadow of Light, Ice from the Belly, and Weeding the Duchess; and an experimental theatre piece, Fugue States Coming Down the Hall, collected in Scenarios: Scripts to Perform. Her poems and essays appear in The American Poetry Review, Blackbird, FIELD, Ploughshares, Poetry Daily, and The Writers Chronicle, among many other spots, including the Chinese and American Environmental Writing issue from Manoa: A Pacific Journal of International Writing. She was artistic director of The 3rd Area—a poetry reading series hosted by galleries in DTLA and Bergamot Station—and has long served as Book Review Editor of Poetry International. Her work is anthologized in The Best American Erotic Poetry: From 1800 to the Present (Scribner, 2008), Poems Dead and Undead (Knopf, 2014), They Said: A Multi-Genre Anthology of Contemporary Collaborative Writing (Black Lawrence Press, 2018) and elsewhere. Born in Montana, educated at Oberlin College and Vermont College, she’s taught and conducted workshops at USC, Beyond Baroque, FIDM, the Ruskin Art Club, and other institutions, festivals, and venues in Southern California and beyond. Since 2005, she has taught creative writing and literature at LMU.

About the William H. Hannon Library:

The William H. Hannon Library fosters excellence in academic achievement through an array of distinctive services that enable learners to feed their curiosity, experience new worlds, develop their ideas, inform their decision-making, and inspire others. The library is open to the public during regular business hours. More information can be found at http://library.lmu.edu

For more information about this event, contact John Jackson, Head of Outreach & Communications for the William H. Hannon Library, at (310) 338-5234 or john.jackson@lmu.edu.

(photo credit: William Short)

Tuesday, April 9, 2019 at 5:30pm to 7:00pm

William H. Hannon Library, Von der Ahe Family Suite (Level 3)
1 LMU Drive, Los Angeles, CA 90045

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