Friday, April 5, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Frances Cannon, author of the poetry collection Fling Diction and Sam Cohen, author of the short story collection Sarahland will be at Mac's on Friday, April 5th at 7 pm.

Fling Diction is a book about the vulnerability of desire; these poems explore different styles of relationships, including queer love, polyamory, familial drama, dog and human companionship, and longing in isolation. The characters find and lose each other in rural and urban settings; their experiences are intensified by the sensuality and ferocity of nature. This book is a record of the speaker's blunders, embraces, and revelations as she seeks knowledge of the elusive other.

Frances Cannon is an interdisciplinary writer, editor, educator, and artist. She recently served as the Managing Director of the Sundog Poetry Center in Vermont. She has an MFA in creative writing from Iowa and a BA in poetry and printmaking from the University of Vermont. Her published books include: Walter Benjamin Reimagined, MIT Press, among others. Her writing has been published in The New York Times, Poetry Northwest, The North American Review, The Iowa Review, and other publications She is the Mellon Science and Nature Writing Fellow at Kenyon College, 2023 - 2025.

In Sarahland, Sam Cohen brilliantly and often hilariously explores the ways in which traditional stories have failed us, both demanding and thrillingly providing for its cast of Sarahs new origin stories, new ways to love the planet and those inhabiting it, and new possibilities for life itself. In each Sarah's refusal to adhere to a single narrative, she potentially builds a better home for us all, a place to live that demands no fixity of self, no plague of consumerism, no bodily compromise, a place called Sarahland.

"Queer, dirty, insightful, and so funny" (Andrea Lawlor), this coyly revolutionary debut story collection imagines new origins and futures for its cast of unforgettable protagonists--almost all of whom are named Sarah. Named a most anticipated book of 2021 by (among others) The Millions, Oprah Magazine, Lambda Literary, and The Advocate

Sam is a Visiting Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College.  Her short fiction has been published in BombElectric LiteratureO MagazineFenceDiagram, and elsewhere. Before coming to Oberlin, she taught at the University of Southern California, UCLA Extension, CalArts, and many Los Angeles Community colleges.

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1820 Coventry Rd.
Cleveland Heights, OH 44118
Fling Diction: Poems By Frances Cannon Cover Image
ISBN: 9798987663158
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Green Writers Press - February 7th, 2024

Sarahland By Sam Cohen Cover Image
ISBN: 9781538735077
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Published: Grand Central Publishing - March 8th, 2022