Write, Edit, Translate, Publish! With Hermitage Fellow Kristen Renee Miller

Featured12oct6:00 pm7:00 pmWrite, Edit, Translate, Publish! With Hermitage Fellow Kristen Renee MillerBookstore1Sarasota, 117 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 342366:00 pm - 7:00 pm AreaSarasotaTypeBook club,LectureCost$5

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Presented in partnership with The Hermitage Artist Retreat.

Join us as Hermitage Fellow Kristen Renee Miller reads from selected works and discusses the ecosystem of the literary world in this candid community program.

This event is in collaboration with The Hermitage Artist Retreat. Registration is required ($5 per person). The event is in person in the Loft at our store at The Mark, 117 S. Pineapple.

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Hermitage Fellow Kristen Renee Miller has experience in practically every aspect of the writing and publishing industry. She is fluent in the international world of literature as a translator of award-winning poet Marie-Andrée Gill and a locally focused leader as director and editor-in-chief of Sarabande Books in Louisville. Her own essays and poetry have appeared in publications such as Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and Best New Poets. Hear from this literary renaissance author as she reads from selected works and discusses her career and creative process.

About the artist:

Returning Hermitage Fellow Kristen Renee Miller is the director and editor-in-chief at Sarabande Books, a not-for-profit literary press focused on championing diverse voices and innovative forms. A poet and translator, she is a 2023 NEA Fellow and the translator of two books from the French by IInu Nation poet Marie-Andrée Gill: Spawn and Heating the Outdoors. In addition to her Hermitage Fellowship, she is the recipient of fellowships and awards from the Foundation for Contemporary Arts, AIGA, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the Gulf Coast Prize in Translation, and the American Literary Translators Association. Her work can be found widely, including in Poetry Magazine, The Kenyon Review, and Best New Poets. She lives in Louisville, Kentucky.

About the books:

Heating the Outdoors by Marie-Andrée Gill, tr. Kristen Renee Miller

Many of Marie-Andrée Gill’s poems in this compact collection offer lovesick moments and sardonic self-awareness. A lost lover is the ghostly protagonist in miniature scenes, each drawn in a section of two-to-ten lines and placed on its own page. In “Solfège of Storms,” the first-person speaker speculates:

I imagine you’ll hear me / if I think loud enough / and you’ll appear on my threshold

still on the goddamn threshold / there but with a coat on your back

there but not there

Heating the Outdoors is a study in tone, beautifully captured in Kristen Renee Miller’s translations from the French. Of fresh raw heartbreak, Gill writes: “All those Céline tunes / I sing in my car / quench my sugar rages / for you.” A tart realism holds emotion in check, as when the speaker observes, “Each detail of your ordinary beauty hurts me. // I make up stories at every turn in the road […] How the hell to quit running after you?” As the book title suggests, overcoming heartbreak can feel Sisyphean.

In the final poem, “The Future Shrugs,” the vernacular voice gives way to an unguarded lyricism that vibrates with a precision belying the title’s diffidence: “Under the snow-drunk sun I replace you, in each new trail / I open and enter like a woman in heat, in the sharp, bright / paths of snowflakes, being born.” Such heightened language imbues this section with a newfound strength: “I let the territory scatter me like migratory birds that don’t know how to lose their way.” While an equilibrium was elusive in the earlier poems, by the end, a magnetic north orients the words.

Purchase a copy of Heating the Outdoors here: https://shop.sarasotabooks.com/go/9781771668149

Spawn by Marie-Andrée Gill, tr. Kristen Renee Miller

PRAISE FOR SPAWN

“[T]hese short, untitled poems evoke their setting, the Mashteuiatsh Reserve. . . investigating colonial impact while weaving elements of resilience and chance. The journey of Gill’s lyric speaker is at once relatable in its particulars and distinctively evocative. Miller’s skillful translation makes vivid a landscape and language that will transport readers.”—Publishers Weekly

“Gill’s elegant, political, and corporeal lines shine in Miller’s skilled translation. Weaving in threads of imperialism and colonization with the longing of adolescence and the search for meaning that permeates life, Spawn explores identity in its myriad manifestations as the young person at its center grows up. This book is delightful and sad, funny and gutting, and so masterfully crafted that it can only be described as a joy to read.”—Sarah Neilson, Literary Hub

Purchase a copy of Spawn here: https://shop.sarasotabooks.com/go/9781771665971

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Purchase a copy of Heating the Outdoors here: https://shop.sarasotabooks.com/go/9781771668149

Purchase a copy of Spawn here: https://shop.sarasotabooks.com/go/9781771665971

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October 12, 2023 6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

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Bookstore1Sarasota, 117 S. Pineapple Ave., Sarasota, FL 34236

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