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Back Pocket Chapbook Party
February 23 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On Friday, February 23, join James Maynard and Juan Carlos Reyes at the bookshop for a joint chapbook release party featuring AN ABSENCE OF, AN EARNEST (Maynard, Finishing LIne Press), and ELEMENTS OF A BYSTANDER (Reyes, Arcadia Press).
The “Back Pocket” portion of the party:
With this reading, we’re giving you a chance to (reach into your back pockets and) donate to a nonprofit related to the author’s subject matter. In this case, Juan Carlos Reyes’ Elements of a Bystander explicitly deals with how boys and men respond to violence against the women in their lives. Juan and James have agreed to apply 50% of all proceeds from the sale of their books tonight (Juan’s in perpetuity) to Kent Hope, a center for women and children in Kent, WA. Although production on Juan’s book is delayed, starting Friday, you can pre-order on his website and Juan will receive any donations for Kent Hope in person at the bookshop.
More about the books:
Elements of a Bystander was conceived as a way to understand one thing: how men respond, or don’t, to gendered violence. Do we accept that we regularly fail to empathize, even sympathize, with the women around us who experience harassment or assault? Or can we learn to go from bystander to intervener, abettor to helper in the healing process? It’s in this spirit that this chapbook becomes more than just a short collection of heartbreaking accounts. For the life of this chapbook, 50% of all sales proceeds will be donated to Kent HOPE Day Center for Women and Children.
An Absence Of, An Earnest, a book-length poem, is an elegy ten years in the making following the suicide of a college friend. Maynard’s spare forms sing of the holes inside healing. Poet Carl Adamshick says that Maynard’s work, “illustrates how time does not diminish loss, and when we read an unfinished sentence or see just white after a comma, we feel it.”
More about the authors:
Juan Carlos Reyes was born in Guayaquil, Ecuador. He’s the product of a math degree, though only words hold his attention anymore. His book, A Summer’s Lynching, won the Quarterly West 2016 novella prize, and his chapbook, Elements of a Bystander, won the 2016 Arcadia Press Chapbook Prize. His stories, poems and essays have appeared in Ascentos Review, KGB Lit, and Hawai’i Review, among others. He is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at Seattle University.
James Maynard received his M.F.A. in Poetry at the University of Alabama. He has twice been awarded the Alabama Prison Arts & Education fellowship. His poetry has appeared in many journals, online and in print, most recently Permafrost, New Orleans Review, and Otis Nebula. A chapbook, Throwaways, is available from his website. Currently residing in his hometown of Portland, Oregon, he puts in his time writing poetry, gardening, web development for his favorite bookstores or presses, and, most recently, fatherhood. Find more poems and information at jamesmaynardpoetry.com.