BookWoman Presents Tricksters in Praise of April Fools
Tricksters in Praise of April Fools-- a Reading by D. E. Zuccone and Cindy Huyser
About this Event
BookWoman presents D. E. Zuccone, author of Vanishes (3: A Taos Press, 2020) and Cindy Huyser, author of Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2014), for an evening of verbal prestidigitation in honor of the Lord of Misrule. What trickery awaits just below the surface of words? Allyson Whipple hosts.
D E Zuccone holds a B. A. in Theology and Education from Xavier University and received an MFA from Vermont College of Fine Arts. He has worked in Alternative Education in Kentucky and Texas and as a private Educational Consultant. His poetry has been published in a variety of journals, including Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Water Stone, International Review of Poetry, Southern Indiana Review, Schuylkill Review, Hurricane Review, Big River, and Apalachee Review, among others, as well as in anthologies from Round Top, Taos Artists, Words& Art, Mutabulis Press, and Big Poetry Review. Mr. Zuccone curated the on-line poetry discussion Ex Libris and was on the Board of Directors for Houston’s Public Poetry. He has been a featured reader in Houston, Brooklyn, Taos, Los Angeles, and a frequent reader at Archway Gallery and Words & Art at Rice University and at the Menil Collection.
Cindy Huyser is a poet and editor, and the author of Burning Number Five: Power Plant Poems (Blue Horse Press, 2014), co-winner of the 2014 Blue Horse Press Poetry Chapbook Contest. Her first full-length collection, Cartography, is forthcoming from 3: A Taos Press. She holds a B. A. in English and an M. S. in Computer Science, and has had careers in power plant operation and software engineering. Her work has received multiple Pushcard Prize nominations, and has appeared in a variety of journals, including San Pedro River Review, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Comstock Review, The Heartland Review, The Muse, and others, as well as in anthologies from Mutabilis Press, Dos Gatos Press, Poetry at Round Top, and Daniel & Daniel. She co-edited Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems (Dos Gatos Press, 2016), and several editions of the Texas Poetry Calendar (Dos Gatos Press and Kallisto Gaia Press). She has twice been featured in Houston's Public Poetry series, and hosts the long-running Second Thursday Poetry Reading and Open Mic at BookWoman in Austin, Texas.
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"Vanishes celebrates a wandering carnival of mystery and self-deception. An artworld of counterfeit magic where vanishes remain like a three-dollar bill. Truth is dealt out or handed down in card tricks and in a fictional noir world in which performers eat fire, catch bullets, and engage in a mythos of dancing, gambling, and wearing painted-on smiles. Zuccone’s panoply of performers are half-costumed, hustlers in transit, a battered tilt-a-whirl next to the House of Mirrors, with small time gangsters, insomniacs, and cabaret performers who exist in a world of desperate wonders both entertaining and truthfully illusive. Vanishes isn’t about exposing how but rather sharing those instants of attraction and pleasure people feel when being fooled. -- 3: A Taos Press
About Burning Number Five:
"Of the countless poetry collections I have been privileged to enjoy over the years, few indeed have been as startlingly original as Burning Number Five; Power Plant Poems."...These poems ... illuminate, with subtlety and consummate artistic skill, the broader relationship between humans and technology. Burning Number Five is a memorable, seamless merging of art and science"--Larry D. Thomas, Contest Judge, 2008 TexasPoet Laureate and Member of the Texas Institute of Letters