Please join us for an evening with Ashley Capps
Thursday, March 5, 2009 at 7:00 p.m.
Location: Third Floor “Bridge” of Wiekamp Hall
Reception and book signing to follow. The event is free and open to the public.
At 5:30 p.m., Ashley will visit David Dodd Lee’s Advanced Poetry class. IUSB students are invited to attend that discussion. Meet at Room 1160 of Wiekamp Hall.
Ashley Capps was born and raised in North Carolina, and received her MFA from the University of Iowa Writers’ Workshop. She has held fellowships from the Wisconsin Institute for Creative Writing and the Iowa Arts council. Her first book of poems, Mistaking the Sea for Green Fields, (which has gone into multiple printings) was published in 2006 by University of Akron Press, chosen as the winner of The University of Akron Poetry Prize by Gerald Stern. Recent work has appeared in Boston Review, Granta, Ploughshares, and Poetry London.
About Capps’ prize winning first book, Poet Cathy Smith Bowers observes, “Everywhere in this brilliantly conceived and crafted debut collection, Ashley Capps shines her unique light on a world rich in paradox. Again and again these stunning poems give testament to Thomas Moore’s famous dictum that the beast at the center of the labyrinth is also an angel. This book breaks my heart, even as it mends it.”
“Sometimes poetry is able to bring us the news of how people survive–not necessarily through its content, but, as here, through its transformational means. Ashley Capps tackles the desolations of spirit and personal history with such astonishing vitality that the green tangle of music, sadness, and formal resourcefulness of this book seems not only redemptive, but heroic.”–Dean Young