Overwinter | Jeremy Pataky Reading And Book Signing

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Jeremy Pataky will read from his debut book of poems, recently released by University of Alaska Press in the Alaska Literary Series, on Tuesday, 7 pm, April 7, 2015 at the University Book Store (U District store).

This reading marks the book's debut outside of Alaska and the beginning of a small tour.

"Jeremy Pataky's debut collection measures familial and romantic love against the wildness of the far north and the self. Remote settings provide both a solace and challenge where the speaker's aloneness resists loneliness in full, and fully imagined, places. This is not a static vision, though; the present harkens back to a verdant but distant past. Nor is it a silent world. These poems reconcile the natural quiet and sounds of wilderness with the clamor of built environments. Pataky lives this contrast, migrating seasonally between Anchorage and Wrangell-St. Elias National Park. These poems bridge the urban and rural, unifying them through an eros that is by turns fevered and serene. The book is haunted by all those the poet has loved, and they survive in the hidden places sculpted by language."

Jeremy earned an MFA in poetry from Creative Writing at University of Montana and a BA in creative writing from Western Washington University. His work has appeared in Colorado Review, Black Warrior Review, Cirque: A Literary Journal for Alaska and the Pacific Northwest, Ice Floe, Southeast Review, and many others. He has worked as a wilderness guide, nonprofit executive director, university instructor, and after school poetry teacher. He is a founding board member of 49 Writers, a nonprofit dedicated to supporting the artistic development of writers throughout Alaska, fostering a writing community, and building an audience for literature. He divides his time between Anchorage and the town of McCarthy, in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park.

More about the book and other events: www.jeremypataky.com
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