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Thursday, October 10 • 3:00pm - 4:15pm
Life in Observation

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In their latest essay collections, Jennifer Militello and Lia Purpura ruminate on the connections between their personal lives and the natural environment around them. In Militello’s Knock Wood: A Memoir in Essays, a knock on wood sparks a retrospective account of three elements of her life, revolving around family damage and the precariousness of love. Purpura’s All the Fierce Tethers alternates between themes of low and high, whether in life or in the world around her, all while tackling the realities of her own racially divided Baltimore.

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Jennifer Militello

Jennifer Militello is the author of A Camouflage of Specimens and Garments (Tupelo Press, 2016), called “positively bewitching” by Publishers Weekly, Body Thesaurus (Tupelo Press, 2013), named one of the top books of 2013 by Best American Poetry, and Flinch of Song, winner... Read More →
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Lia Purpura

Lia Purpura is the author of eight collections of essays, poems, and translations. On Looking (essays, Sarabande Books) was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her awards include Guggenheim, NEA, and Fulbright Fellowships, as well as four Pushcart Prizes, the Associated... Read More →