NEW AUTUMN HOURS
Monday 9am-9pm, Tuesday thru Thursday 9am-9:30pm, Friday & Saturday 9am-10pm, Sunday 10am-9pm
"We could try writing letters," one of us said to the other after our cross-country trip was over and we weren’t done talking. Talking about hurricanes, fires, floods, droughts, freezes. About shootings, bombings, border crises, #MeToo. Jewishness, whiteness, feminism. Fear, ambition, desire. Work, marriage, friendship. Grief, anger, illness, and suicide. At once anecdotal, philosophical, political, and deeply personal, the letters quickly come to sustain a different kind of present moment: a way of finding self through other, a portal into urgent and shared contemplation, a means of saying what otherwise feels unsayable. Propelled by events both public and private, these epistolary essays comprise a catalog of living with and thinking through the climatic disturbances that determine our lives. Finding kinship in other epistolary exchanges, from Paul Celan and Nelly Sachs to Etel Adnan’s Of Cities and Women to Martin Land and Jonathan Boyarin’s Time and Human Language Now, they inhabit the experiment of talking and listening in the unspooling, untenable now, while exploring what it means to be an “I” and a “you” in the alternate present letters invent.
Julie Carr is the author of 10 books of poetry and prose, including Real Life: An Installation (Omindawn 2018), Objects from a Borrowed Confession (Ahsahta 2017), and Someone Shot my Book (University of Michigan Press 2018). Earlier books include 100 Notes on Violence (Ahsahta 2010), RAG (Omnidawn, 2014), and Think Tank (Solid Objects 2015). Her co-translation of Leslie Kaplan’s Excess-The Factory was published by Commune Editions in 2018. She lives in Denver and teaches at the University of Colorado, Boulder.
Lisa Olstein is the author of six books of poetry and prose, most recently the poetry collection Late Empire and the book-length lyric essay Pain Studies. Recipient of a Guggenheim Fellowship, Lannan Writing Residency Fellowship, Pushcart Prize, and Hayden Carruth Award, she is a professor at the University of Texas at Austin where she teaches in the New Writers Project and Michener Center MFA programs.
Moderator Kim Adrian is the author of two books of lyric criticism and a memoir called The Twenty-Seventh Letter of the Alphabet (a Next Generation Indie Book Award finalist). Several of her shorter works have been listed as Notable or Distinguished in the Best American Essays, Best American Short Stories, and Pushcart Prize anthologies. She edited the lyric essay anthology The Shell Game: Writers Play with Borrowed Forms, and is the creator of Write On, a craft-oriented newsletter for writers.