FREE AUTHOR EVENT
Katie Berta: Retribution Forthcoming
7PM MONDAY, APRIL 15
Katie Berta
WITH READERS JUSTIN PETROPOULOS AND DEXTER BOOTH
Justin Petropoulos Dexter Booth
LOCATION: TEMPE




This event is free and open to the public. No registration required.

Katie Berta presents her newest collection of poetry with readers Justin Petropoulos and Dexter Booth.


ABOUT THE BOOK

Influenced by Alice Notley, Eileen Myles, Rachel Zucker, and other poets of the New York school, the poems in Retribution Forthcoming blend a talky, quick, funny voice with candid examinations of gender norms, class pressures, and the existential. Their speaker explores her mortality anxiety through her experiences of gendered exploitation, reflecting on bodily autonomy and the nexus of violences that women face. Using oblique and direct strategies, these poems recount sexual coercion, the ways consumerist society reinforces and reifies gender conformity and performativity, and the psychological ramifications of these abuses of power. Retribution Forthcoming examines selfhood, consciousness, and mortality as they intertwine with our identities and the ways those identities are politicized. At its core, though, this book is an account of sexual assault and its aftermath, exploring how trauma interacts with belief and our ability to trust others and ourselves.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Katie Berta's poems have appeared in Ploughshares, the Cincinnati Review, the Kenyon Review, and Prairie Schooner, among other places. She is the managing editor of the Iowa Review and teaches literary editing and poetry at the University of Iowa and Arizona State University.


ABOUT THE READERS

Justin Petropoulos is the author of two collections of poetry, Eminent Domain (Marsh Hawk Press 2011), selected by Anne Waldman for the 2010 Marsh Hawk Press Poetry Prize and <legend>   </legend> (Jaded Ibis Press 2013), a collaborative work with multimedia artist, Carla Gannis. His poems have appeared in American Letters & Commentary, Columbia Poetry Review, and Mandorla, and have been included in the anthologies Devouring the Green: Fear of a Human Planet (Jaded Ibis Press 2015) andThe &NOW Awards 3 (Lake Forest College Press 2015). Justin is currently the program manager for Arizona State University’s Creative Writing Program.  

Dexter L. Booth is the author of Abracadabra, Sunshine (Red Hen Press, 2021), Scratching the Ghost (Graywolf Press, 2013), and the chapbook Rhapsody (Upper Rubber Boot Books, 2019). His poems have been included in numerous anthologies including The Burden of Light: Poems on Illness and Loss, The Golden Shovel Anthology honoring Gwendolyn Brooks, Furious Flower: Seeding the Future of African American Poetry, and The Future of Black: Afrofuturism, Black Comics, and Superhero Poetry. Booth holds an MFA from Arizona State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Southern California.

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$17.95
ISBN: 9780821411506
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Published: Ohio University Press - March 12th, 2024