Cancelled - Lisa Olstein with Elaina Ellis
The author of four stellar poetry collections from Copper Canyon, Late Empire being the most recent, Lisa Olstein is here tonight with a compelling first prose book, Pain Studies (Bellevue Literary Press). “These spectacular sentences chart a thrilling investigation into pain, language, and Lisa Olstein’s own exile from what Woolf called ‘the army of the upright.’ On a search path through art, science, poetry, and prime-time television, Olstein aims her knife-bright compassion at the very thing we’re all running from. Pain Studies is a masterpiece.”— Leni Zumas.
“Lisa Olstein’s luminous meditation on pain winds around a beautifully curated series of artifacts. Bits of poetry, ancient medicine, brain science, television episodes, excerpts from the trial of Joan of Arc, and works of art support the spiderweb on which her insights hang like condensed mist. A fascinating, totally seductive read!”— Eula Biss.
With Lisa Olstein in conversation tonight will be Elaina Ellis, an editor at Copper Canyon and poet in her own right, the author of Write About an Empty Birdcage, and a collection-in-progress, I’m Only Praying to Believe What’s True.