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Apr 27 2023


7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Mill Valley Public Library


Mill Valley Public Library
Mill Valley Public Library, 375 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley, CA 94941

Dean Rader Book Launch Reading with special guest, new Marin Poet Laureate Francesca Bell


Join us as we celebrate the launch of Dean Rader's new book, Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly. Joining Dean will be newly-appointed Marin Poet Laureate Francesca Bell, who will give us an exciting sneak peek of her forthcoming second book What Small Sound.

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In 2018, poet Dean Rader visited the Gagosian Gallery in New York to see a retrospective of the American painter Cy Twombly (1928-2011) called Beauty It is Finished: Drawings 1951-2008. The exhibit led Rader to a write a poem that would become the genesis of his book Before the Borderless: The Cy Twombly Cycle. Through a range of experimental forms, including a series of octets, Rader enters an imaginary dialogue with the artist while at the same time making poems that are autobiographical in nature. Come hear Mr. Rader read from his profound new work.

Francesca Bell’s writing appears in many magazines including ELLE, Los Angeles Review of Books, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. Her translations appear in Mid-American Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, River Styx, and Waxwing. Her first book, Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Julie Suk Award. In 2023, Red Hen Press will publish What Small Sound, her second book of poetry, and Whoever Drowned Here, a collection of poems by Max Sessner that she has translated from German. She is translation editor at the Los Angeles Review and the Marin County Poet Laureate.

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