an evening with Oregon Book Award authors
Justin Hocking and Cari Luna
In the wake of recent events, the authors invite you to join them for an act of creative reclamation. The term “reclamation” has multiple meanings, including the act of making a claim or protest, or the process of restoring strip-mined land to its natural state. Hocking and Luna, both Oregon Book Award winners, will tunnel through subterranean narratives and themes, seeking sources of light in words and literary community.
Justin Hocking will read from his new letterpress chapbook, Reclamation: Essays, which braids personal memoir with research in geology, exploitative mining practices, and buried memories. Through a series of lyrical meditations, protestations, and poetic unearthing, these essays explore the possibility of reclaiming what’s been lost after large-scale disasters and more personal forms of trauma/abuse.
Cari Luna will be reading new work from her current novel-in-progress, Goodbye to the Little Girl Tree. The novel draws from Hamlet and the themes and moods of Nick Cave’s music to explore grief, loss, family secrets…and ghosts…on a present-day Oregon farm.
This project is supported in part by a project grant award from The Regional Arts and Culture Council.