Susan Rich, Cloud Pharmacy and Oliver de la Paz, Post Subject: A Fable--Poetry

Thu, 10/02/2014 - 7:00pm

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Susan Rich's recently released poetry collection, Cloud Pharmacy, focuses on the unusual life and art of Hannah Maynard, the 19th century proto-surrealist photographer. Rich, a Seattle-based poet, editor and teacher, explores early feminist photography through a lyrical lens. She is the author of The Achemist’s Kitchen (2010), a Finalist for the ForeWord Book of the Year Prize in Poetry and the Washington State Book Award. Rich’s other collections include Cures Include Travel (2006), and The Cartographer’s Tongue (2000) winner of the PEN USA Award for Poetry. She has also co-edited the anthology The Strangest of Theatres: Poets Writing Across Borders (2013) published by McSweeney’s and the Poetry Foundation.

Rich’s honors include The Times Literary Supplement Award (London), a Fulbright Fellowship to South Africa, and residencies at the Tyrone Guthrie Center in Ireland and at the Fundacion Valparaiso in Spain. She has been awarded an Artist Trust Fellowship, a 4Culture Award, a Seattle CityArtist Award, a GAP grant, and participation in the Cuirt Literary Festival in Galway, Ireland. Educated at the University of Oregon, Harvard University, and the University of Massachusetts, Susan Rich lives in Seattle and teaches at Highline College. She is co-founder of Poets On The Coast: A Writing Retreat for Women, and an alumna of Hedgebrook. Visit her online at

Ecstatic and obsessive, the prose poems that make up Oliver de la Paz's Post Subject: A Fable, reveal the monuments of a lost country. Through a series of epistles addressed to Empire, a catalog emerges, where what can be tallied is noted in a ledger, what can be claimed is demarcated, and what has been reaped is elided. The task of deposing the late century is taken up. What's salvaged from the remains is humanity.

Oliver de la Paz is the author of two previous collections of poetry: Names Above Houses and Furious Lullaby. A recipient of grants from the New York Foundation for the Arts and the Artist Trust, he is the co-chair of the advisory board for He teaches English at Western Washington University.


Post Subject: A Fable (Akron Series in Poetry) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781937378899
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Published: University of Akron Press - August 1st, 2014

Cloud Pharmacy Cover Image
ISBN: 9781935210535
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Published: White Pine Press (NY) - February 11th, 2014