Carcanet launch Runaway by Jorie Graham
September 16th 7pm
Please join Carcanet to celebrate the launch of Jorie Graham's new poetry collection, Runaway. Hosting the reading will be fellow Carcanet poet, Isabel Galleymore, joining Jorie to discuss the new work. Audience members will have the opportunity to ask their own questions. We will also be showing extracts of the text during the reading so that you can read along.
"In her formidable and clairvoyant new collection, Runaway, Jorie Graham deepens her vision of our futurity. What of us will survive? Identity may be precarious, but perhaps love is not? Keeping pace with the desperate runaway of climate change, social disruption, our new mass migrations, she struggles to reimagine a habitable present - a now - in which we might endure, wary, undaunted, ever-inventive, 'counting silently towards infinity'. Graham's essential voice guides us fluently 'as we pass here now into the next-on world', what future we have surging powerfully through these pages, where the poet implores us 'to the last be human'."
One of the most celebrated poets of the American post-war generation, Jorie Graham is the author of numerous collections of poetry. Among her many awards are a Pulitzer Prize for Poetry and a Forward Prize for Best Collection. She has taught for many years at Harvard University as the Boylston Professor of Rhetoric and Oratory, the first woman to be given this position.
Isabel Galleymore’s first collection, Significant Other (Carcanet, 2019), won the John Pollard Foundation International Poetry Prize in 2020 and was shortlisted for the Forward Best First Collection Prize and Seamus Heaney First Collection Prize. Her pamphlet, Cyanic Pollens (Guillemot Press, 2020) is based on her residency in the Peruvian Amazon. She lectures at the University of Birmingham.
Registration for this online event will cost £2, later redeemable against the cost of the book. All attendees will receive the discount code and how to purchase the book during and after event.