Jared Stanley in Conversation with Laura Wetherington, So Tough


Poet Jared Stanley will read from his new collection, So Tough. Jared will be joined in conversation by poet Laura Wetherington.

So Tough cuts a loose and spaced-out path through the interpenetrated dreams of public, doomsday time and private, organic time. Written in a season of wildfire smoke punctuated by gunfire, grieving, and a child’ s questioning spirit, the book moves to the countervailing rhythms of household, eros, pleasure and charm, casting a wayward grin at the catastrophic comedy of our days. Though he’ s not really  that  tough, Jared Stanley rides elemental tones through “ the desert roses, semi-wilted, wonderful, yellowed, well, you know / suffering to cover the suffering.”

Jared Stanley is a poet who often collaborates with artists and sometimes writes in prose. He is the author of four collections of poetry, So Tough, EARS, The Weeds, and Book Made of Forest, as well as many chapbooks and pamphlets, most recently The Blurry Hole (with Sameer Farooq, Artspeak, 2022), and SHALL, (Black Rock Press, 2019). His writing has appeared in The New York Times, Bennington Review, Harvard Review, VOLT, Folder Magazine,and many others. His awards include The Saturnalia Prize, Harvard's Woodberry Poetry Room Creative Fellowship (with Sameer Farooq), a Silver Pen Award from the Nevada Writers Hall of Fame, as well as fellowships from the Nevada Arts Council and the Center for Art + Environment. Recent collaborative art exhibitions have shown the Atheneum Art & Music Library (La Jolla), in collaboration with Matthew Hebert, and at the Lilley Museum (Reno), in collaboration with Sameer Farooq. Stanley is an Assistant Professor of creative writing at the University of Nevada, Reno and lives in Reno, Nevada with an historian and their daughter.

Laura Wetherington is a U.S. poet who lived in the Netherlands for six years. She has two books: Parallel Resting Places (Parlor Press), chosen by Peter Gizzi for the New Measure Poetry Prize, and A Map Predetermined and Chance (Fence Books), selected by C.S. Giscombe for the National Poetry Series. Laura works as the poetry editor for Baobab Press and teaches with both the International Writers' Collective and the low-residency MFA Program at University of Nevada, Reno.

Event date: 
Thursday, March 14, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
121 California Avenue
Reno, NV 89509
So Tough By Jared Stanley Cover Image
ISBN: 9781947817647
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Saturnalia Books - March 15th, 2024