Maurya Simon discusses and signs "The Wilderness"
DIESEL, A Bookstore in Brentwood welcomes Maurya Simon to the store to discuss and sign The Wilderness: New & Selected Poems, 1980-2016 on Tuesday, April 24th at 6:30 pm. Please note that this event will take place in the lower outdoor courtyard adjacent to our store.
*****UPDATE: Peggy Shumaker, who was also scheduled to take part in this event, regrets that she will not be able to attend. Maurya Simon will be reading some poems from Cairn on her behalf.
Maurya Simon’s new volume, The Wilderness, represents the culmination of over thirty years of her poetry writing and explores the most vital aspects of our lives: the power of language, the mysteries of the natural world, and how we may endure and transcend the losses that besiege us as we live fully in the world. This is also an illustrated volume of poems, for it showcases 17 of the Weavers Series and Cat’s Cradle paintings by the author's late mother and L.A. artist, Baila Goldenthal.
Maurya Simon is the author of nine previous, acclaimed volumes of poetry. Her poems have appeared in over two hundred poetry anthologies, and she's published her work in scores of distinguished literary magazines across the country. She has received numerous national awards, including an Indo/American Fulbright Fellowship, an NEA Fellowship in Poetry, and two distinguished prizes from the Poetry Society of America. Simon taught college-level literature and creative writing for thirty years, and she is currently a Professor Emerita in Creative Writing, and a Professor of the Graduate Division at the University of California, Riverside. She lives with her husband in the Angeles National Forest in the San Gabriel Mountains.
Peggy Shumaker is the daughter of two deserts--the Sonoran Desert where she grew up and the subarctic desert of interior Alaska where she lives now. She has been honored by the Rasmuson Foundation as its Distinguished Artist, served as Alaska State Writer Laureate, and received a poetry fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts. She is the author of eight books of poetry and the lyrical memoir Just Breathe Normally. Professor Emerita from the University of Alaska Fairbanks, Shumaker teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop MFA at Pacific Lutheran University. She is Editor of the Boreal Books series (an imprint of Red Hen Press), Editor of the Alaska Literary Series at University of Alaska Press, Poetry Editor for Persimmon Tree, and Contributing Editor for Alaska Quarterly Review.
Chosen with care, Cairn represents forty years of poems and prose by Peggy Shumaker. Her distinctive cadences give voice to landscapes and people of Alaska and Arizona. This work leads us deep into what remains unresolved, savoring mysteries of heart, mind, and soul. Matters of life and death, these poems embody exuberance and struggle and generosity.