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february, 2024

20febtueBarbara Ras in conversation with Ben Fountain. The Blues of Heaven7:00 pm - 8:00 pm Event Type :Poetry Reading

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The Blues of HeavenBarbara Ras

Join us for a special poetry night with Barbara Ras‘s ‘The Blues of Heaven’, a collection of tightly constructed poems exploring memories, yearning, and loss, radiating with immense tenderness and vivid wonderment. Barbara will be joined in conversation with Ben Fountain

Barbara Ras is the author of four poetry collections: The Blues of Heaven (Pitt Poetry Series, 2021), The Last Skin (Penguin, 2010), which won the Texas Institute of Letters Best Book of 2010, One Hidden Stuff (Penguin, 2006), and Bite Every Sorrow, which won the Walt Whitman Award and also received the Kate Tufts Discovery Award.  Ras has received fellowships from the John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation and the Rockefeller Foundation, among others.  Her poems have appeared in the New Yorker, Tin House, Granta, Five Points, American Scholar, Massachusetts Review, and Orion, as well as in many other magazines and anthologies.  She is the editor of a collection of short fiction in translation, Costa Rica: A Traveler’s Literary Companion. Ras has taught in the MFA Program for Writers at Warren Wilson and at workshops nationally and internationally.  For four decades, Ras had a career in book publishing.  She is the founding director emerita of Trinity University Press and lives in San Antonio.

Ben Fountain’s work has received the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the PEN/Hemingway Award, the Los Angeles Times Book Prize for Fiction, the Barnes & Noble Discover Award for Fiction, the PEN-Cerulli Award for Excellence in Sports Writing, and a Whiting Writers Award, and has been a finalist for the National Book Award and runner-up for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize. He lives in Dallas.

Praise for Barbara Ras

“The sweet and dark weight of being has never been more capably measured than in The Blues of Heaven.” —Rick Barot

“The Blues of Heaven radiates with immense tenderness—here are poems of vivid painterly wonderment, perfect pacing and weight, elegantly woven counterpoints of shimmering imagery.  How does she do this?  A book of infinite love and depth.” —Naomi Shihab Nye

“Barbara Ras’s poems are informed by a metaphysically erudite and whimsical exuberance. . . Ras structures poems with a zaniness and an unpredictable cunning, and her verbal expertise and lucidity are a bright and surprising as her knowledge of the world is profound.  Bite Every Sorrow is a splendid book, morally serious, poetically authentic, spiritually discerning.” K. Williams


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