Alex Lemon - FEVERLAND

Start: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:00pm
Location: 
2421 Bissonnet Street
Houston, TX 77005

Presented in partnership with Gulf Coast Literary Journal.

Alex Lemon will be reading with Houston poet Niki Herd.

Brain surgery. Assault weapons in the bed of a pickup truck. Sophia Loren at the Oscars. Rilke, Rodin, and the craters of the moon. Recovery and disintegration. Monkeys stealing an egg outside a temple in Kathmandu. Brushing teeth bloody on long car rides under blue skies. Pain, ours and what we bring to others. Wildfires in southern California. Rats in Texas. Childhood abuse. Dreams of tigers and blackout nights. The sweetness of mangoes. A son born into a shadowy hospital room. Love. Joy.

In Feverland, Alex Lemon has created a fragmented exploration of what it means to be a man in the tumult of twenty-first-century America--and a harrowing, associative memoir about how we live with the beauties and horrors of our pasts. How to move forward, Lemon asks, when trapped between the demons of one's history and the angels of one's better nature? How to live in kindness--to become a caring partner and parent--when one can muster very little such tenderness for oneself? How to be here, now? How to be here, good?

Immersed in darkness but shot through with light, Feverland is a thrillingly experimental memoir from one of our most heartfelt and inventive writers.


Alex Lemon is the author of Happy: A Memoir, and the poetry collections Mosquito, Hallelujah Blackout, Fancy Beasts, and The Wish Book. His writing has appeared in Esquire, Best American Poetry 2008, AGNI, Gulf Coast, Kenyon Review, and Tin House, among others. He was awarded a 2005 Literature Fellowship in poetry from the National Endowment for the Arts, and he contributes and reviews frequently for a wide range of media outlets. He lives with his wife and two children in Fort Worth, and teaches at Texas Christian University.

Niki Herd grew up in Cleveland and earned degrees in Creative Writing from the University of Arizona and Antioch University. Nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize, she is the recipient of fellowships from Cave Canem and the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts. Her first collection of poems, The Language of Shedding Skin, was published as part of Main Street Rag’s Editor’s Select Series. She lives in Houston, where she is a Ph.D. student in poetry in the University of Houston’s Creative Writing Program.

 

Feverland: A Memoir in Shards Cover Image
$16.00
ISBN: 9781571313362
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Published: Milkweed Editions - September 19th, 2017