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Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly

Presented by Mill Valley Public Library at Mill Valley Public Library, Mill Valley CA

Apr 27 2023
Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly

Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly

Book launch of Dean Rader’s new book & an exciting sneak peek at Francesca Bell’s second book

In-person author event & book launch
* Thursday, April 27, 7:00 pm

Join us as we celebrate the launch of Dean Rader‘s new book, Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly. Joining Dean will be newly-appointed Marin Poet Laureate Francesca Bell, who will give us an exciting sneak peek of her forthcoming second book What Small Sound.

Dean Rader is a poet, art writer, scholar, and critic who has published widely in the fields of poetry, American indigenous studies, modern and contemporary art, and visual culture. His debut collection of poems, Works & Days, won the 2010 T.S. Eliot Poetry Prize.

 Before the Borderless: Dialogues with the Art of Cy Twombly, is a collection of poems in which Rader’s poems and Twombly’s work appear side-by-side.Rader is a professor in The Department of English and in the Honors College at the University of San Francisco. He is a 2019 Guggenheim Fellow in Poetry.

Francesca Bell’s writing appears in many magazines including ELLE, Los Angeles Review of Books, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner, and Rattle. Her translations appear in Mid-American Review, The Massachusetts Review, New England Review, River Styx, and Waxwing.

Her first book, Bright Stain (Red Hen Press, 2019), was a finalist for the Washington State Book Award and the Julie Suk Award.

In 2023, Red Hen Press will publish What Small Sound, her second book of poetry, and Whoever Drowned Here, a collection of poems by Max Sessner that she has translated from German. She is translation editor at the Los Angeles Review and the Marin County Poet Laureate. Click here for more information on Bell.



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Additional time info:

Thursday, April 27, 7:00 pm
Creekside Room


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375 Throckmorton Ave., Mill Valley, CA 94941

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