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Date(s) - 11/16/18
7:30 pm - 9:30 pm

The Bindery


The Bindery hosts Kristen Tracy for her first book of poems, Half-Hazard, winner of the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation. Joining Kristen in conversation is Daniel Handler. Please join us!

Half-Hazard is a book of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. As Kristen Tracy writes in the title poem, “Dangers here. Perils there. It’ll go how it goes.” The collection follows Tracy’s wide curiosity, from her growing up in a small Mormon farming community to her exodus out into the forbidden world, where she finds snakes, car accidents, adulterers, meteors, and death-marked mice. These wry, observant narratives are accompanied by a ringing lyricism and Tracy’s own knack at noticing what’s so funny about trouble and her natural impulse to want to put all the broken things back together. Full of wrong turns, false loves, quashed beliefs, and a menagerie of animals, Half-Hazard introduces a vibrant new voice in American poetry, one of resilience, faith, and joy.