The Georgia Review, UGA’s literary quarterly, will host the second of three Georgia Poetry Circuit events for the 2011-2012 academic year on Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at Ciné, 234 W. Hancock Ave.
Open free to the public, the program will feature nationally known poet Todd Boss; local writer and UGA graduate student Jeff Fallis will open the event.
Boss’ work is “never pretentious, but always -acrobatic, sensuous, technically inventive, muscular and fun,” said poet Tony Hoagland. Writer Sherman Alexie said that Boss “can make any rhyme feel like a concealed weapon.”
Boss grew up in poverty on an 80-acre cattle farm in Wisconsin. His 2008 debut poetry collection, Yellowrocket, will be followed next month by Pitch. His poems have appeared in The Georgia Review, Poetry, The London Times, The New Yorker and Best American Poetry. Boss’s libretto Panic, a verse retelling of Knut Hamsun’s Pan, will premiere this winter. He is a co-founder of Motionpoems, a new poetry film initiative now developing a dozen poetry films in collaboration with Scribner’s Best American Poetry 2011.
Fallis’ poems have appeared in publications such as Ploughshares, The Oxford American, The Iowa Review, Quarterly West and RealPoetik, and in the anthologies Blues Poems and The Art of Losing. He has held a residency in poetry at the Vermont Studio Center and was recently nominated for a 2011 Pushcart Prize.
Books by Boss will be available for sale courtesy of Byhalia Books.
The third and final Georgia Poetry Circuit reading of 2011-12 will feature Dave Smith on April 2.