Book Launch Reading and Signing: Susan Niz with Jasmine Waiters
Join Susan Niz for the launch of her brand new chapbook, from Finishing Line Press, Left-Handed Like a Lightning Whelk. Susan will be joined by Jasmine Waiters.
In Left-Handed Like a Lightning Whelk, Susan Niz observes that “proximity to demons is a strategy.” She knows we don’t have much choice. Closeness to darkness and danger is inevitable in a world torn open, especially for mothers acclimating to the role, shepherding children through new horrors, acquiring skills as they go along. Niz’s observations are specific and sharp. With careful language, she examines a time of wilderness and wonder. Recognizing that “a scar is better than a wound,” and knowing some mending will be necessary, Niz takes up the needle and thread, suggests this work is unfamiliar to her, then pierces the skin, begins her skillful repairs.
–Michael Kleber-Diggs, Poet Laureate of Anoka County Libraries, Minnesota
Susan Niz's first poetry chapbook is Beyond this Amniotic Dream (Beard Poetry, Minneapolis, 2016). Her second chapbook is Left-Handed Like a Lightning Whelk, just released with Finishing Line Press (November 2019). Her short work has appeared in San Antonio Review, Wanderlust Journal, The Write Launch, Ponder Review, Chaleur Magazine, Typishly, Tipton Poetry Journal, Carnival Literary Magazine, Crack the Spine, Blue Bonnet Review, Two Words For, Belleville Park Pages, Ginosko, Cezanne's Carrot, Flashquake, Opium Magazine, and Summerset Review. She has been featured in live poetry shows in Minneapolis and Austin. Susan writes across genres. Her novel Kara, Lost (North Star Press, 2011) was a finalist for a Midwest Book Award (MIPA) for Literary Fiction. She has a Master’s Degree in Education, raises kids, has been a grassroots community organizer, and conserves Monarchs. She recently relocated from Minnesota to the Austin, Texas area where she is teaching poetry workshops to adults in a range of settings.
Jasmine Waiters is an emerging poet who has shared her work on both a national and an international stage. In June of 2019, she published her first book, Before We Were Magic. As an artist, she often uses a combination of raw truth, relentless imagery, and ambitious metaphors in order to promote healing, understanding, empowerment, and community. To learn more about her work, or to engage personally with Jasmine Waiters, follow @rootednwords on Instagram and Twitter.