Ohio Chapbook Reading With Hannah Stephenson
By Lauren Garczynski
Fashion lovers are more than likely familiar with The Sartorialist, a blog based on capturing the eye-catching and individualistic style of New Yorkers.
On Wednesday, March 21, Kent State University’s Wick Poetry Center will host a poetry reading with Hannah Stephenson, the creator of The Storialist, the poetry equivalent of the fashion blog.
Along with being a widely published poet, Ms. Stephenson is also an editor, teacher and founder of “Paging Columbus!” – a literary arts monthly event series.
The reading will focus on Ms. Stephenson’s various works, specifically reading from her book Cadence. The center is excited to bring in Ms. Stephenson and is eager for students, faculty and staff to come together for the event that will take place at the Kent Student Center, Room 306 AB, at 7:30 p.m. It is free and open to the public.
Ms. Stephenson began The Storialist in July 2008, inspired by The Sartorialist and fueled by her own personal goal to make poetry part of her daily life. She parallels the content in The Sartorialist with poems on The Storialist that serve as companion pieces and backstories to what she saw in the fashion blog. She now constructs new ideas and contexts with the images rather than making her poems dependent on images.
Ms. Stephenson is the author of Cadence and In the Kettle, the Shriek. She is editor of The Ides of March: An Anthology of Ohio Poets and series co-editor of New Poetry From the Midwest. Her writing has appeared in The Atlantic, The Huffington Post, 32 Poems, Vela, The Journal and Poetry Daily.
"There are few things that alter our perspective on the world as much as having a child,” says Catherine Wing, editor of Stephenson’s book Cadence. “In Hannah Stephenson’s new book Cadence, she tracks these shifts: shifts of the body, of language, of allegiances, of fear and astonishment, of time and how we keep it. The poems are of the body and by the body and her language alternatively nests, guzzles, babbles and grows, forming us a little at a time. What’s brought forth is not just a child - or a book - but a world of wonder and love and light."
Wick Poetry Center staff members anticipate attendees coming together to listen to the works on Ms. Stephenson, and they look forward to seeing people come together to welcome the poet.
Learn more about Ms. Stephenson and her works at www.thestorialist.com.
For more information about the Wick Poetry Center and its 2017-2018 series, visit www.kent.edu/wick/reading-series-201718.