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Animals Are Us
March 19, 2016 @ 2:00 pm - 4:00 pmFree
A Reading by Poets Jan Conn, Jessica Treat and Kathline Carr
“Animals are the core of what we are as creatures, sharing a biological world and inhabiting our inner lives, though most days they feel peripheral—an ankle embrace from a cat or the thrill of spotting a fox trotting across the urban campus in Denver,” says poet Alison Hawthorne Deming. This world, everywhere we look, is filled with the shared breath of thousands and thousands of animals. We have coaxed dogs out of the skins of an extinct wolf lineage, cows from the fierce aurochs. What are the consequences of this? How do connections with animals shape our lives?
Jessica Treat, the author of three collections of short fiction, is the recipient of a Connecticut Commission on the Arts Award, the Dominion Review Fiction Award, and artist residencies at the Valparaiso Foundation in Spain, and the Civitella Ranieri Foundation in Italy. She is professor of English at Northwestern Connecticut Community College, where she coordinates the Mad River Literary Festival, now in its 20th year.
Kathline Carr is the author of Miraculum Monstrum, forthcoming from Red Hen Press and winner of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway Book Prize. Carr’s writing and art have appeared in Alexandria Quarterly, Calyx, Connecticut Review, and elsewhere; she has exhibited in the Berkshires, New York City, Boston, Toronto, and at artSTRAND Gallery in Provincetown. Carr received her BFA in Creative Writing from Goddard College and holds an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University.
Jan Conn has published eight books of poetry, most recently Edge Effects (Brick Books, 2012). She has won a CBC Literary Award and the P.K. Page Founders’ Award for Poetry, and is the recipient of a senior writing award and travel awards from the Canada Council of the Arts. A member of the collaborative poetry group Yoko’s Dogs, she is a professor of Biomedical Sciences at SUNY-Albany.