Released: September 13, 2023
An online reading at 6 p.m. October 18
Pre-Register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G8STY89
About the book: As a collection, Genevieve Betts’ “A New Kind of Tongue” includes poems that are sometimes quirky, sometimes lyrical, sometimes edgy, and sometimes humorous. Language—our understanding of it, its regionality, and its many intricacies—is a main theme rooted within the book’s strong sense of place. Between the East Coast, specifically Brooklyn, and the Southwest, specifically Santa Fe, comparisons are made, narratives are shared, and observations are acknowledged.
A series of centos is also braided throughout this collection that exclusively uses language from outside texts such as Haruki Murakami’s “Kafka On the Shore,” Tom Robbins’ “Even Cowgirls Get the Blues,” David Mitchell’s “Ghostwritten,” and Angela Carter’s short story “The Bloody Chamber.” Betts reshapes the language of these texts to speak her own voice through the voices of others. This voice and her lens takes a feminist perspective with subject matter that includes family, work, the political climate, and other aspects of life, revealing hidden truths alongside shared truths of these recently-lived experiences.
Who: Genevieve Betts, an assistant professor at SFCC, is the author of the poetry collections: “A New Kind of Tongue” (FlowerSong Press, 2023) and “An Unwalled City” (Prolific Press, 2015). Her work has appeared in New Mexico Review, Hotel Amerika, The Tishman Review, Cloudbank, Sky Island Journal, and in other journals and anthologies.
When: 6 p.m. Wed., Oct. 18
Where: Online. Pre-registration to attend the online event is required. A Zoom invitation will be sent to you the morning of the event. Please pre-register at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/G8STY89.
Cost: Free. Space is limited. Participants must pre-register to receive Zoom link.
For questions/media inquiries: Please contact Valerie Nye at the SFCC Library: email@example.com 505-428-1506.
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