SARAH MINOR & CARYL PAGEL
Sarah Minor, author of Bright Archive and Caryl Pagel, author of Out of Nowhere Into Nothing will do a virtual event on Friday, November 6th at 7 p.m.
Using elements of memoir, concrete poetry, archival research, interview, performance, and design in a radiant kaleidoscope of storytelling, the essays in Bright Archive delight in challenging the reader's habits of interaction with the page and its possibilities. From a recollection of a summer spent working in an Italian commune to the business of mollusks in Minor's grandparents' hometown in Iowa; from the history of the mapping of the Mississippi River to the mythologies of the image of the lean; these essays reach beyond the classically confined trajectories of literary nonfiction.
Sarah Minor serves as the video editor at TriQuarterly Review, a contributing editor at Essay Daily, and as Assistant Director of the Cleveland Drafts Literary Festival. Sarah holds an MFA from the University of Arizona and a PhD from Ohio University. She lives in Cleveland, Ohio, where she teaches as Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at the Cleveland Institute of Art.
Out of Nothing into Nowhere by Caryl Pagel is a collection of essays that blends memoir, research, and lyrical reflection, driven by a desire to observe and see connections, though always anchored in real places, people, and conflicts.
"Pagel is an investigative reporter carefully picking her way through the seemingly random and yet intricately related igneous rocks that form the spiral jetty of her mind. What does it mean for a woman to be "lost in thought," doing "nothing," and how does she find her way? By carefully piecing together the connections between the art, psychical events, and people that have led her to the place of writing. Pagel's prose is a marvel. I stayed up late into the night reading this book, all too willing to be lost in (her, my) thought."
--Barbara Browning, author of The Gift
Caryl Pagel is associate professor at Cleveland State University, where she teaches poetry and nonfiction in the NEOMFA program. She is author of two collections of poetry, Twice Told and Experiments I Should Like Tried At My Own Death. Pagel is cofounder and editor at Rescue Press and director of the Cleveland State University Poetry Center.