Sarah Mangold & Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer

This joint poetry reading virtually brings together Edmonds poet Sarah Mangold and St. Louis poet and installation artist Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer, each with new collections from Fordham University Press’ Poets Out Loud Series. Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners is Sarah Mangold’s fourth collection, following Household Mechanics, Electrical Theories of Femininity, and Giraffes of Devotion.

“Patriarchy conflates women with nature while erasing their names from the history of science. Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners corrects patriarchy on both counts, naming and celebrating women naturalists who worked in the field and in museums. Mangold brings these adventurous and resourceful women out of the acknowledgment pages of others’ books and into the foreground of her own, highlighting in the process how science, in the guise of objectivity, dresses the natural world in conspicuous artifice. Using verbal and visual collage to evoke and trouble the tropes of collecting, preserving, classifying, and displaying specimens, Mangold fashions out of a trove of found fragments a fabulous feminist Wunderkammer, 'proof of woman’s work' that does not disavow 'its feminine identity.'---Brian Teare.

Well Waiting Room is Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer’s second poetry collection, following Cleavemark, as well as a children’s book, The Cloud Lasso.

“Engaged in ekphrasis with contemporary news media, Stephanie Ellis Schlaifer’s Well Waiting Room creates a shimmering echolalia of postmodern politics, government bureaucracy, and administrative memoranda. In this riveting collection of deftly mercurial poems, Schlaifer casts a net woven from the linguistic materiality of red tape into the cultural froth and foment of our 21st-century wine-dark seas. Weathering bizarre climactic storms and profoundly corrupt and cynical political leaders, these poems sift out—from the overwhelming static of our information age—surreal fish, cultural refuse, and piercing moments of self-reflection within the uncertainty, absurdity, and terror of our current political moment. These are poems of fierce wit, intense grief, and immense linguistic beauty, that pose—in tones alternately harrowing, savage, heartbreaking, and droll—the most urgent philosophical, moral, and spiritual questions of our time.---Lee Ann Roripaugh.




Her Wilderness Will Be Her Manners (Poets Out Loud) Cover Image
By Sarah Mangold, Cynthia Hogue (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9780823297702
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fordham University Press - October 5th, 2021

Well Waiting Room (Poets Out Loud) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780823297771
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Fordham University Press - October 5th, 2021

Virtually Hosted by Elliott Bay Book Company
Saturday, November 6, 2021 - 5:00pm
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