Poets Christopher Howell and Carlos Reyes
We are pleased to welcome Christopher Howell and Carlos Reyes reading from their new collections of poems.
In Christopher Howell's twelfth collection of poems, his gifts for elegy, humor, and lyricism are on full display. The Grief of a Happy Life explores the interplay between memory and imagination, celebrating the ways that happiness and grief inform one another and give our lives fullness and vitality. Arranged in four sections, Howell's poems feature not only these concerns, but a large and various cast of characters. Woven together with Howell's trademark precision and accessibility into exquisite tableaux, each provides a view of we must live with and what we must not live without.
Born in Portland, Christopher Howell is the author of a dozen poetry collections, including Love's Last Number, Gaze, and Dreamless and Possible: Poems New and Selected. He has received numerous honors, including the Washington State Book Award, fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts and the Artist Trust, and three Pushcart Prizes. A military journalist during the Vietnam War, he has been for many years director and principal editor for Lynx House Press and now lives in Spokane, Washington, where he teaches in Eastern Washington University's master of fine arts in creative writing program.
Carlos Reyes will be reading from two recent collections: Along the Flaggy Shore and his most recent, Two People in the Night by a River, his tenth and elventh collection. In Along the Flaggy Shore, Irish American poet Reyes returns once again to Ireland. The poems in this collection capture the stark rural life that now has mostly passed, pushed aside and forgotten with the arrival of the "Celtic Tiger." The book paints a lyrical picture of a world gone. As Yeats' said, a way of life "all changed, utterly changed.”
Carlos Reyes first came to Ireland in the early 1970s, when he purchased a three-hundred-year-old cottage in County Clare. Reyes has been the poet-in-residence at Acadia National Park, the Island Institute in Sitka, Alaska and Joshua Tree National Park, among other places. He has published ten volumes of poetry, many volumes of translations, and a memoir, Keys to the Cottage, Stories from the West of Ireland (2015). When not traveling, Reyes makes his home in Portland.