Kita Shantiris discusses and signs "What Snakes Want"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Kita Shantiris to the store to discuss and sign her collection of poetry, What Snakes Want, on Sunday, November 6th at 3:00pm. Joining her in reading some of the poems will be actor George Segal.
Slyly sexual, intense, and funny, in What Snakes Want, Kita Shantiris strips secrets of their power by telling them. Running away and returning, burying and unearthing, she—and a cast that includes abused siblings, desperate spinsters, and an army medic—struggle to escape their shadows. Throughout, startling metaphors and evocative images bring them to life.
A psychologist who runs a non-profit mental health center, Shantiris faces trauma, yearning, love, and loss head on. What Snakes Want traverses a menacing, bleak landscape as its characters shed their ghosts. Full of word play and mischief, sensuous love poems follow; never have oranges, or the word "dictum," been racier. The haunting elegies in the final section breathe life into the dead.
Fearless and compassionate, What Snakes Want shines light in our dark places.You will return to these haunting poems again and again.
Kita Shantiris, also known as Kita S. Curry, is an American poet and psychologist. Published in the U.S., Ireland, and England, her poetry has appeared in Ambit, Crannóg, The Fish Anthology, Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Quarterly West, The Moth, Slipstream, Wisconsin Review, and other journals.
After a long hiatus focused on her career as a psychologist, Kita resumed writing again. In 2012, she won 2nd Prize in the 2012 Ballymaloe International Poetry Contest. She has twice been a Runner-Up in Fish Publishing’s contest. What Snakes Want is her first full-length poetry collection.
Photo Credit- Robin Martin
George Segal was born in Great Neck, Long Island, New York. After a stint in the military, he made his way as a stage actor before being cast in his first meaty film role in The Young Doctors (1961). One of his most famous roles is that of his Oscar-nominated performance in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966). Mr. Segal is also an accomplished banjo player. He arranged and performed on A Touch of Ragtime and performed with Canadian Brass on Basin Street.