Arts Society & Culture

Poet CAConrad to speak at Ciné

Athens, Ga. – Poet CAConrad will read from his work Feb. 27 at 7 p.m. at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave. The event, sponsored by the University of Georgia’s Creative Writing Program in the Franklin College of Arts and Sciences and the President’s Venture Fund, is free and open to the public.

Conrad is the author of seven collections of poetry, including “ECODEVIANCE: (Soma)tics for the Future Wilderness” (Wave Books, 2014); “Philip Seymour Hoffman (were you high when you said this?)” (Worms Press, 2014); “A Beautiful Marsupial Afternoon: New (Soma)tics” (Wave Books, 2012); “The City Real & Imagined” (Factory School Press, 2010), with the poet Frank Sherlock; and “The Book of Frank” (Chax Press, 2009), recipient of the Gil Ott Book Award. He has also authored a book of nonfiction essays, “Advanced Elvis Course” (Soft Skull Press, 2009).

According to poet Eileen Myles, Conrad “always argues (from the inside of his poems) for a poetry of radical inclusivity while keeping a very queer shoulder to the wheel. His kind of queerness strikes me as non-polarizing, not intentionally but because of the fullness of his exposition, a kind of gigantism that seems to me to be most deeply informed by love, and a tenderness for the ravages and tumult of existence.”

Conrad’s honors include fellowships from the Banff Art Center, Lannan Foundation, MacDowell Colony, Pew Center for Arts & Heritage and Ucross Foundation. He conducts lectures and workshops across the country on (Soma)tics and ecopoetics. He currently lives in Philadelphia.

More information on Conrad is available at http://CAConrad.blogspot.com.