Visiting Writers Series presents Bryon Cherry and Bethany Kanter Tuesday
Please join us at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 12 in the Niemann Media Theater for the Visiting Writers Series, featuring the poetry and prose of Carthage alumna Bethany Kanter ’15 and poet, musician, and alchemist Bryon Cherry from Milwaukee. The reading will be from held from 6 to 7 p.m., with refreshments to follow. For those who wish to stay, there will be an informal discussion of poetry and the writing life from 7:15 to 8:15 p.m.
Ms. Kanter’s fascinating hybrids of poetry and prose explore the present moment of the body and its fluid relationship to health and sickness, gender and sex, and the everyday environment. In “Sex, Bugs & Bodies,” she writes, “And the whole thing is built on simile anyways — the whole of a communicative structure which strives to put one thing next to another and urges the viewer to call them one, but one thing is blood (bird) and the other is pus and the scalpel is for revelation and the lidocaine (train) is for the ignorance in the act of removal itself.”
Ms. Kanter is from Fort Atkinson, Wis. She received her bachelor’s in English from Carthage and her Master of Fine Arts in poetry from Columbia College Chicago. In 2015, Ms. Kanter worked with the Friends of Lorine Niedecker documenting marginalia from Lorine’s personal library. Ms. Kanter’s work has appeared in Saltfront, Columbia Poetry Review, and A Literation, among others.
Bryon Cherry is a poet, musician, and alchemist. Bryon Cherry’s poems often navigate the space between a solitary moment and the expanse of eternity. “I want to view every piece of film that was taken of me for security footage,” he writes in “A Trip to Target (6.3.17),” and he answers with his own surveillance of the system that would surveil him.
Bryon Cherry has been published in “Return to the Place of the Gathering Waters” published by Vegetarian Alcoholic Press. Bryon Cherry is the author of a chapbook “Funeral Journey” (The Quail Press) and a full-length “Ruins, Ruminations, and Rituals” (Anarcho Welfare) both published in 2019. Bryon Cherry dwells in Milwaukee, Wis.
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