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The More Extravagant Feast with Leah Naomi Green
November 20, 2020 @ 7:00 pm - 8:00 pmFREE
Join us for an evening of conversation with Walt Whitman Award-winning poet, LEAH NAOMI GREEN! Hosted by author, Jacob Paul.
This event is co-sponsored by the High Point University Phoenix Series.
Purchase your copies of Leah’s books at our independent bookseller partner, Scuppernong Books!
How to Watch
Meeting ID: 821 4674 4361
LEAH NAOMI GREEN teaches English and Environmental Studies at Washington and Lee University and lives in the Shenandoah Mountains where she, her partner, and their daughters homestead and grow food. Green received an MFA from The University of California, Irvine. Her work has appeared in or is forthcoming from The Paris Review, Tin House, The Southern Review, Ecotone, Pleiades and Shenandoah. Her most recent work, The More Extravagant Feast (Graywolf Press, 2020), which was selected by Li-Young Lee for the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets. Her chapbook, The Ones We Have, received the 2012 Flying Trout Chapbook prize.
THE MORE EXTRAVAGANT FEAST
This book keeps faithful company with the world and earns its name. The darkness and suffering of living on earth are assumed in this work, woven throughout the fabric of its lineated perceptions and insights, and yet, it is ultimately informed by the deep logic of compassion (is there a deeper human logic?) and enacts the wisdom of desire and fecundity reconciled with knowledge of death and boundedness. These poems remind us that when language is used to mediate between a soul’s inner contents and the outer world’s over-abundance of being and competing meanings, it’s possible to both transcend the nihilism of word games, thereby discovering a more meaningful destiny for language, as well as reveal the body of splendor which is Existence.—Li-Young Lee
JACOB PAUL is the author of the novels, Last Tower to Heaven (C&R Press, November 2019), A Song of Ilan (Jaded Ibis, 2015) and Sarah/Sara (Ig, 2010). His most recent performance-based collaboration was showcased at LadyFest CLT. His work has also appeared in numerous magazines and journals, including, most recently in Massachusetts Review and Seneca Review. He teaches creative writing at High Point University in North Carolina.