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Join us at The Ivy for a reading from Edgar Kunz and Grady Chambers.
Tap Out, Edgar Kunz’s debut collection, reckons with working‑class heritage. Within are poignant, troubling portraits of blue‑collar lives, mental health in contemporary America, and what is conveyed and passed on through touch and words―violent, or simply absent. This hungry new voice asks: after you make the choice to leave, what is left behind, what can you make of it, and at what cost? Kunz’s verses are unsentimental, visceral, sprawling between oxys and Bitcoin, crossing the country restlessly. They grapple with the guilt of choosing to leave the culture Kunz was born and raised in, the identity crises caused by class mobility. They pull the reader close, alternating fierce whispers and proud shouts about what working hands are capable of and the different ways a mind and body can leave a life they can no longer endure. This hungry new voice asks: after you make the choice to leave, what is left behind, what can you make of it, and at what cost?
Edgar Kunz is a writer from New England and author of the poetry collection Tap Out (Mariner / Houghton Mifflin Harcourt). His work has been supported by fellowships and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the MacDowell Colony, the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference, Vanderbilt University, and Stanford University, where he was a Wallace Stegner Fellow. He lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he teaches at Goucher College and in the MFA program at Salve Regina University.
Grady Chambers is the author of North American Stadiums, selected by Henri Cole as the winner of the 2018 Max Ritvo Poetry Prize and published by Milkweed Editions in June 2018. He was a 2015-2017 Wallace Stegner Fellow in Creative Writing at Stanford University. His poems and stories are forthcoming from Ploughshares, Kenyon Review Online, Joyland, and Quarterly West, and recent work has appeared in The Paris Review; The Iowa Review; Nashville Review; Forklift, Ohio; Diode Poetry Journal; Adroit Journal, and elsewhere. His writing has received support from the Norman Mailer Center, the New York State Summer Writers Institute, and Syracuse University, where he earned his MFA. He lives, writes, and teaches in Philadelphia.
TIME & DATE
Monday, April 15, 2019 - 7:00pm