Oct 25, 2017, 7:00 pm


Salt Lake City

Wasatch Front Region


Salt Lake City Public Library
210 E 400 S
Salt Lake City , UT 84111-2804
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October 25, 7:00 PM. 4th Floor Conference Room, The City Library. Poet Jonathan Travelstead returns to City Art where he will be joined by author and visual artist Kathline Carr. Travelstead’s Conflict Tours was released in 2017 by Cobalt Press and Carr’s debut collection, the hybrid text Miraculum Monstrum, is out shortly from Red Hen Press.

Conflict Tours...chronicles a narrative journey through external landscapes shaken by catastrophe and social turmoil and internal landscapes threaded with amphetamines and loneliness. From the United States/Mexican border to the nuclear reactors in Chernobyl, and from the Appalachian Trail to Kroger's discounted meat cooler, each poem maps a balance between the visceral and the vulnerable. This collection offers an unflinching inward gaze coupled with the reminder that it is "time and nearness...that makes us forget what is dangerous." -- Lesley Brower

Jonathan Travelstead served in the Air Force National Guard for six years as a firefighter and currently works as a full-time firefighter for the city of Murphysboro. Having finished his MFA at Southern Illinois University of Carbondale, he now works on an old dirt-bike he hopes will one day get him to the salt flats of Bolivia. He has published work in The Iowa Review, on Poetrydaily.com, and has work forthcoming in The Crab Orchard Review, among others. He is the author of How We Bury Our Dead and a new collection, Conflict Tours.

Miraculum Monstrum is a hybrid narrative about fictitious female artist Tristia Vogel, who experiences a radical physical transformation, beginning with the excrescence of apparent wings. Though her affliction is possibly an anomalous mutation resulting from worldwide ecological upheaval, the bird/woman is co-opted by a religious cult and written as the central figure of their scriptural text. Miraculum Monstrum contains fragmentary verse, scraps of lore, cult propaganda, curatorial commentary and images in a catalog for an exhibit of Vogel's visual artifacts and writings that chronicle this speculative history.

Kathline Carr was born in 1966 and raised primarily in New England. After having a family and living in seclusion at the base of Gallows Hill in Connecticut, Carr earned her BFA in Creative Writing with concentrations in visual art and feminist philosophy from Goddard College, VT and an MFA in Visual Arts from The Art Institute of Boston at Lesley University. She is the recipient of the 2015 Clarissa Dalloway “Everything but Poetry” Book Prize from AROHO Foundation, and her writing/art has appeared in Yew Journal, Entropy, Calyx, Earth’s Daughters, Hawaii Review, CT Review, Alexandria Quarterly and elsewhere; she has exhibited her visual work in the Berkshires, Provincetown, NYC, Boston, and Toronto. Carr lives in North Adams, Massachusetts, with her husband and sometimes-collaborator, figurative painter Jim Peters, and her youngest daughter Mercedes.

This event is made possible with support from City Art and Utah Humanities.