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Persephone in the Late Anthropocene Virtual Launch

Thursday, October 15 2020
7:00 PM
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“This end-times opera drags our terror into the light where it might actually save us.”  –Bill Roorbach, on Persephone in the Late Anthropocene  

Megan Grumbling’s poetry collection Persephone in the Late Anthropocene vaults an ancient myth into the age of climate crisis. It began life as an experimental opera, co-created with composer Denis Nye and produced by Hinge/Works. Now, its launch as a book from Acre Books will be a virtual, multi-media experiment of a reading.

Pre-order the collection today through our local bookseller, PRINT: A bookstore.

In Persephone in the Late Anthropocene, the goddess comes and goes erratically from our warming world, drinks too much, and takes a human lover, as a Chorus of humans looks on and enables her. Through lyric verse, magical-realist prose poems, and speculative crypto-studies of the Anthropocene, this ecopoetic collection explores both environmental crisis and the nature of story itself. Along with a live reading by the author, the Persephone Virtual Launch will feature a digital Greek Chorus, crypto-documentary film interludes, and music recordings from Persephone’s original score, by composer Denis Nye recorded at Acadia Recording Co.

Co-hosted by the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance and made possible with the support of the Maine Arts Commission, the Persephone launch will feature the work of director Tess Van Horn; actors Catherine Buxton, Nolan Ellsworth, and Deborah Paley; filmmakers David Camlin and Amy Grumbling; musical director Aaron Pettengill, and musicians Volkhard Lindner, Benjamin Meiklejohn, Leigh-Ashley Milne, and Sam Schuth.

Megan Grumbling’s poetry collection Booker’s Point received the Vassar Miller Prize and the Maine Book Award for Poetry, and her work has been awarded the Poetry Foundation’s Ruth Lilly Fellowship, the Robert Frost Foundation Award, and a Hawthornden Castle Fellowship in Scotland. She teaches at Southern Maine Community College and the University of New England, and lives and writes in Portland.