Jane Creighton's Book Celebration for Bone Skid, Bone Beauty with Robin Davidson
BookWoman celebrates the release of Jane Creighton's new collection, Bone Skid, Bone Beauty, with poet and translator Robin Davidson
About this event
BookWoman celebrates Jane Creighton's newly-released collection, Bone Skid, Bone Beauty (Saint Julian Press, 2021) with poet and translator Robin Davidson.
Jane Creighton is a poet, essayist, and Professor of English at the University of Houston—Downtown, where she teaches literature and creative writing. A recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship, she taught American literature for a year at Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland. In the decades prior to her university teaching, her social activism included holding organizing positions with the National Lawyers Guild and the Center for Constitutional Rights. In the 1970s, she edited and published an independent poetry magazine, Sailing the Road Clear, and in subsequent years taught writing in public schools for the Texas Commission on the Arts, Teachers & Writers Collaborative, and Writers in the Schools. In 1987, she served as literary curator for the Washington Project on the Arts exhibition, War and Memory in the Aftermath of Vietnam.
Creighton's publication credits include Ploughshares, Gulf Coast, Poetry Foundation, Enchantment of the Ordinary, We Begin Here: Poems for Palestine and Lebanon, Unwinding the Vietnam War, Close to the Bone: Memoirs of Hurt, Rage, and Desire, Encountering Disgrace: Reading and Teaching Coetzee’s Novel, and Still Seeking an Attitude: Critical Reflections on the Work of June Jordan. She is the author of an early collection of poems, Ceres in an Open Field. Originally from the northeast, she has lived in Houston for thirty-three years.
Robin Davidson is the author of two poem chapbooks, Kneeling in the Dojo and City that Ripens on the Tree of the World, and the collection Luminous Other, awarded the Ashland Poetry Press’s 2012 Richard Snyder Memorial Publication Prize. Recipient of a Fulbright professorship at the Jagiellonian University in Kraków, Poland and an NEA translation fellowship, Davidson is co-translator with Ewa Elżbieta Nowakowska of Ewa Lipska’s poems from the Polish—The New Century (Northwestern UP, 2009) and Dear Ms. Schubert (Lockert Library of Poetry in Translation, Princeton UP, January 2021).
Davidson served as 2015-2017 Houston Poet Laureate under the leadership of Mayors Annise Parker and Sylvester Turner, and edited the citywide anthology, Houston’s Favorite Poems (Calypso Editions, 2018). She was inducted into the Texas Institute of Letters in 2019, and teaches literature and creative writing as professor emeritus of English for the University of Houston-Downtown.