Wednesday, August 22, 2018

Join J.C. Todd at the GoggleWorks September 6th,2018

Berks Bards is excited to welcome J.C. Todd! Join us at the GoggleWorks to hear selected poetry. Following her reading, we'll allow ANYONE to step up to the mic and read anything that moves them. Learn more about J.C. Todd before our event by reading more below:

J. C. Todd, a Pew Fellow in the Arts and winner of the Rita Dove Poetry Prize is author of The Damages of Morning (Moonstone Press, 2018), What Space This Body (Wind Publications, 2008), and the artist books On Foot/By Hand and FUBAR (Lucia Press, 2018, 2016), both in collaboration with MaryAnn L. Miller. Her current work is concerned with the violence and displacement of war and intolerance. She has received fellowships and awards from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the New Jersey State Arts Council, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Ucross, Ragdale and Leeway foundations and was a 2016 writer-in-residence at Humboldt University in Berlin. She has taught in the Creative Writing Program at Bryn Mawr College and is on the faculty of the MFA Program at Rosemont College. 

Below is a sample of J.C. Todd's poetry:

Reading With Students About Death Camps
What escapes into you. Don't hide it. 
C├ęsar Vallejo

The evidence,
their eyes filling to
with it, mine too,
memory's char curling
the edges of pages,
photographs, maps,
the sear of witness real as innards
twisting open the tropes
of bread crusts,
catalogued shoes, barrels
of gold from teeth.

Not our lives, but lives
of the dead, escaped
into us. Grave,
we open to them.

When: September 6th, 2018 at 6:45pm 
Where: The GoggleWorks Studio 411
201 Washington Street Reading PA 19601