The final event of the spring 2007 New Writing Series will feature the poets Allison Cobb and Brenda Coultas. The reading will take place at 4:30pm on Thursday, 26 April, in the Soderberg Auditorium.
Allison Cobb was born and raised in Los Alamos, New Mexico, and her first book, Born 2 (Chax, 2004), explores the meaning of that vexed site as a ground for her own imaginative labors. Her work is formally inventive, attentive to history, and moving in its transformations of source text. She has an MFA from George Mason University and is one of the editors of POM2. Currently living in New York, Cobb is now at work on a long poem entitled “Green-Wood: A Meditation on the Meaning of America,” organized around the history and present-day ecology of Green-Wood Cemetery in Brooklyn, founded in 1838 in one of the last wild areas of the city.
Lisa Jarnot calls Brenda Coultas “the supreme weaver of tender weird tales for a melancholy democracy. Her rural-urban-lyric-documentary of the human condition is more than astute and more than compelling—think of her as the new breed of great American poet.” And Rain Taxi says of Coultas’s recent book, A Handmade Museum (Coffee House Press, 2003): “[Her] poems sometimes seem to function as an extension of the observational activities by which neighborhoods regulate themselves; in her descriptions of encounters with people on the street and objects found in dumpsters, she preserves the naturally elegant social organization of the Bowery in its original chaos….” Coultas’s previous works include A Summer Newsreel (2nd Story Books, 1999). She lives and works in New York City.