Rebecca Gayle Howell & Nick Flynn (04/24/13)

20 May

On 24 April, Rebecca Gayle Howell read at Cleveland State University to celebrate the release of her first collection of poetry Render: An Apocalypse (Cleveland State Poetry Center, 2013), which was selected by Nick Flynn for this year’s CSU Poetry Center’s Fist Book Prize. In the book’s forward, Flynn writes that Howell’s poems contain a voice that “is strong,” in that  “it insists, it compels, it occasionally lunges” so as to push or cajole the reader into a their meditative worlds. Below is a video of Howell reading Render’s opening poem “The Petition”:

Flynn also read at the event. Below is his rendition of a poem he wrote in the wake of the Boston Marathon bombing, simply titled “Marathon“:

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