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Pop-up: Kristen Tracy

Sat, Nov 10, 2018 from 1:00 pm - 1:15 pm PST
1219 SW Park Ave Portland, OR 97205

Kristen Tracy pops-up with her new book of poetry, Half-Hazard.

Kristen will be paired with Herons Under the Moon by Shimomura Kanzan; found in the Poetic Imagination in Japanese Art exhibit on the 1st floor of the Portland Art Museum. Please reference the Portland Art Museum Map to find this location.


Half-Hazard is a book of near misses, would-be tragedies, and luck. As Kristen Tracy writes in the title poem, “Dangers here. Perils there. It’ll go how it goes.” The collection follows Tracy’s wide curiosity, from her growing up in a small Mormon farming community to her exodus out into the forbidden world, where she finds snakes, car accidents, adulterers, meteors, and death-marked mice. These wry, observant narratives are accompanied by a ringing lyricism and Tracy’s own knack for noticing what’s so funny about trouble and her natural impulse to want to put all the broken things back together. Full of wrong turns, false loves, quashed beliefs, and a menagerie of animals, Half-Hazard introduces a vibrant new voice in American poetry, one of resilience, faith, and joy.

Kristen Tracy

Kristen Tracy grew up outside Yellowstone Park where she learned a lot about bears. She's written twelve novels for young adults and young readers, including Lost ItCamille McPhee Fell Under the BusHung Up, and Project Unpopular. She has an MA in American Literature from Brigham Young University, an MFA in poetry from Vermont College, and a PhD in English from Western Michigan University. She won the Emily Dickinson First Book Award from the Poetry Foundation for her collection Half-Hazard (Graywolf Press, October 2018). Her poetry has appeared or is forthcoming in literary journals such as Poetry Magazine, the Sun, Southern Review, Threepenny Review, Prairie Schooner, and elsewhere. At one time in her life she was a college professor and an aerobics instructor. At another time she was a volunteer gardener on Alcatraz and aspiring bird docent. Now she makes her home in Los Angeles with her husband, Brian Evenson, and their young son. Visit her online at kristentracy.com
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