A Night of Poetry with R.B. Lemberg in conversation with Vitaly Chernetsky

Masks are strongly recommended for this event!

Lawrence local writer R.B. Lemberg presents their new poetry collection Everything Thaws! A poetry reading will be followed by a conversation with Vitaly Chernetsky

About the book:

R.B. Lemberg’s poems are a manifesto of memories, unearthing worlds that are gone and poignantly present: their childhood in the Soviet Union, suspended between Ukraine and the permafrost of Siberia, among the traumatized, silent, persecuted members of their Jewish family; Lemberg’s coming of age in Israel, being the other wherever they go, both internally and externally, in multiple identities, languages, genders; and the arrival in “the lost land” of their America, where they have put down “tentative roots.”

Every line in this stunning, lyrical memoir is chiseled with the poignant precision of ice into a coruscating cascade that engulfs us with the author’s sensations of solitude, anger, grief; sometimes hurling like an avalanche, sometimes tenderly unfolding like constellations in a circumpolar sky – leaving open the possibility that with the disturbing truths covered for decades, the thawing permafrost from Lemberg’s past might also lay bare layers of love.

About the authors: 

R.B. Lemberg is a queer, bigender immigrant from Eastern Europe and Israel. Their work has appeared in Lightspeed, Strange Horizons, Beneath Ceaseless Skies, Unlikely Story, Uncanny, and other venues. Their book The Four Profound Weaves was a finalist for the World Fantasy, Nebula, Ignyte, and Locus Awards.

Their pronouns are they/them/theirs.

R.B. was born in Ukraine, and lived in subarctic Russia and Israel before coming to the US for graduate school at UC Berkeley. They are a sociolinguist, and they work as an associate professor at a Midwestern university.

Their web site is at http://rblemberg.net/

Event date: 
Tuesday, September 12, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
809 Massachusetts St
Lawrence, KS 66044
Everything Thaws: A poetic cycle (Jewish Poetry Project #26) By R. B. Lemberg Cover Image
ISBN: 9781953829313
Availability: In stock at our distributor’s warehouse; will be at the Raven in 3-10 bus. days! More at ravenbookstore.com/ordering-faqs
Published: Ben Yehuda Press - February 21st, 2023


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