Join us on Zoom for an evening with two celebrated Bellingham authors!
Susanne Antonetta’s The Terrible Unlikelihood of Our Being Here is a book that unfolds multiple stories in lyric pieces. It juxtaposes the history of a family that encompasses addiction and mental illness with the questions raised by the author’s Christian Scientist and spiritualist grandmother May: what is consciousness? Does Mind create the world, or does the world create it? What is death?
"Susanne Antonetta's latest masterpiece is a divinely composed ode to the ‘ungovernable emanations’ that are our selves." - Mary Cappello, author of Life Breaks In: A Mood Almanack
Susanne Paola Antonetta is the author of The Terrible Unlikelihood of Our Being Here and the forthcoming The Devil's Castle. She is also the author of Make Me a Mother, Curious Atoms: A History with Physics, Body Toxic, A Mind Apart, Entangled Objects, Stolen Moments, and four books of poetry. Awards for her writing include a New York Times Notable Book, an American Book Award, a Library Journal Best Science book of the year, an Oprah Bookshelf listing, and others. Her essays and poems have appeared in The New York Times, The Washington Post, The UK Independent, Orion, The New Republic and many anthologies. She lives in Bellingham, Washington.
In The Daughters of Elderly Women, the repeated titles of her poems function as a mantra, and Miller inhabits a narrative mindfulness, focusing on the maturing relationship between daughter and mother. She explores “what happens to a body / when you make it hold on // beyond its expiration date.”
Brenda Miller is the author of five essay collections, including An Earlier Life, which received the Washington State Book Award for Memoir. Her poetry chapbook, The Daughters of Elderly Women, received the 2020 Floating Bridge Press Chapbook Award. She also co-authored Tell It Slant: Creating, Refining and Publishing Creative Nonfiction and The Pen and The Bell: Mindful Writing in a Busy World. Brenda’s work has received six Pushcart Prizes. She is a professor of English at Western Washington University and Associate Faculty with the Rainier Writing Workshop.