The local poet and founder of Chiswell Street Press shares the re-release of his book of poetry.
The Wind on My Grandmother's Grave
is a remembrance of growing up in the prairie farmlands of southwest Minnesota, as well as observations from road trips across the American West. Whether pondering the world's fleeting moments or exclaiming our common humanity, Flatgard's poetry invites the reader to travel together on "the web of long roads that connect us all."
FREE PARKING / LIGHT RAIL
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
- There is plenty of free public parking west of Changing Hands Phoenix, at 400 and 444 West Camelback. Additional free public parking across Camelback to the south.
- Don't want to drive? Take the Light Rail! It lets off at the Central Avenue/Camelback Park-and-Ride, which has hundreds of free parking spaces across the street from Changing Hands.
BRIAN FLATGARD lived an idyllic and pastoral childhood in the small town of Windom, Minnesota. As an adult, he moved to Phoenix, worked briefly for a law firm, then quit. He fell headlong into the rough-and-tumble downtown art scene of the mid-1990s, squatting with many fine artists at the Hub Gallery and House Studios. He founded Chiswell Street Press and published many Phoenix poets. The Chiswell chapbooks were unique and handcrafted: some books were smyth sewn, one was bound with human hair. With two other poets, he traveled up the West Coast on a disastrous book tour which ended when Canadian customs agents seized all the books. As a slam poet, Flatgard participated in International Poetry Slams and organized raucous $100-prize slam events at what is now the Valley Bar.