Sep 26, 2019, 7:00 pm



North Region


Union Station Museums
2501 Wall Ave
Ogden , UT 84401-1359
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Utah Poet Laureate Paisley Rekdal will perform portions of West: A Translation and discuss the research that went into the documentary work at Ogden Union Station on Thursday, September 26th at 7:00 PM. West is Rekdal's new book-length poem about the transcontinental railroad commissioned by the Utah Arts Council and Spike 150.

Paisley Rekdal is the author of a book of essays, The Night My Mother Met Bruce Lee; the hybrid photo-text memoir, Intimate; and six books of poetry: A Crash of Rhinos; Six Girls Without Pants; The Invention of the Kaleidoscope; Animal Eye, a finalist for the 2013 Kingsley Tufts Prize and winner of the UNT Rilke Prize; Imaginary Vessels, finalist for the 2018 Kingsley Tufts Prize and the Washington State Book Award; and Nightingale. She is also the author of The Broken Country: On Trauma, a Crime, and the Continuing Legacy of Vietnam. Appropriate: A Provocation, a book-length essay examining cultural appropriation, is forthcoming from W.W. Norton.

Her work has received a Guggenheim Fellowship, the Amy Lowell Poetry Traveling Fellowship, a Fulbright Fellowship, a Civitella Ranieri Residency, a National Endowment for the Arts Fellowship, Pushcart Prizes (2009, 2013), Narrative’s Poetry Prize, the AWP Creative Nonfiction Prize, and various state arts council awards. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New York Times Magazine, American Poetry Review, The Kenyon Review, Poetry, The New Republic, Tin House, the Best American Poetry series (2012, 2013, 2017, 2018, 2019), and on National Public Radio, among others. She teaches at the University of Utah, where she is also the creator and editor of the community web project Mapping Salt Lake City. In May 2017, she was named Utah’s Poet Laureate.

This event is possible with support from Weber Book Links, Ogden Union Station, The Queen Bee, and Utah Humanities.