January 17: Stefi Weisburd & Amy Beeder in Albuquerque
Stefi Weisburd is the author of The Wind-Up Gods, which won the Saint Lawrence Book Award (Black Lawrence Press, 2007) and the children’s book Barefoot: Poems for Naked Feet (Wordsong Press, 2008). She’s received a 2002 “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Bread Loaf Scholarship and a Lannan Foundation Writing Residency. Her poems have appeared in Poetry, The Paris Review, American Poetry Review and other journals. With degrees in physics, Weisburd has worked as a policy analyst for Congress, an editor at Science News magazine and as an outreach coordinator for a nanoscience program at UNM. Roger Weingarten writes that Weisburd is a “4-alarm wordsmith as innovative as Edison, and so graceful, funny and serious in the same sentence that her first collection reads like Beethoven’s Ninth. Reader, The Wind-Up Gods is poetry for those who want their language worked, like Rodin worked clay, and molded into something heartfelt, moving, and whip-smart.”
Amy Beeder is the author of Burn the Field (Carnegie Mellon, 2006). Her honors include a 2001 “Discovery”/The Nation Award, a Bread Loaf Scholarship, and a Witness Emerging Writers Award. Her poems have appeared in Agni, American Letters & Commentary, Black Warrior Review, The Nation, Poetry, and Puerto del Sol. A former human rights observer in Haiti and Suriname, and a high school teacher in West Africa, Amy Beeder balances an ear for meter with an often ominous tone, creating a musical, at times mythical, exploration of how we construct beauty and strangeness. Critic Sandra Gilbert declared that Burn the Field “constitutes an impressive debut for a writer who reveres the heft, texture, and taste of words.” Beeder teaches poetry at UNM.