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Katharine Coles | Wayward & Francesca Bell | Bright Stain

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the bookshop.

We proudly present the launch of Wayward, the seventh collection of beloved local poet Katharine Coles and introducing poet Francesca Bell and her debut collection Bright Stain.

Since her early poems, Katharine Coles has been known as a poet who isn’t afraid to tackle big subjects that occupy the intersections of art and science, including how we know what is true (if we do). Driven by her insatiable curiosity and relying on a use of form and elision so deft it amounts to sleight-of-hand, Coles brings these big questions into small spaces in her seventh book, Wayward, moving the reader at mind-speed through brief meditations on love, marriage, and family; the permeable boundaries of the self; death; and perception. 

Bright Stain is the Sex and the City of poetry, but this knock-your-socks-off debut will likely inspire debate – perhaps controversy – as it inhabits some startling points of view, including pedophile priests’, serial killers’ and prison inmates’. Unapologetically sensual and forthright, Bright Stain explores desire, loss, faith, doubt, tenderness, and violence; and sex as experience, metaphor, and magnifying lens for relationships.  

Katharine Coles is a Poet in Residence at the Natural History Museum of Utah and at the SLC Public Library for the Poets House program FIELD WORK, and was sent to Antarctica in 2010 to write poems under the auspices of the National Science Foundation’s Antarctic Artists and Writers Program (The Earth Is Not Flat, Red Hen 2012). She has received grants from the NEA and NEH and a 2012 Guggenheim Fellowship. 

Francesca Bell is very unusual as a poet in that she did not graduate from middle school, high school or college and hold no degrees. Yet, her poems have appeared in many journals, including ELLE, New Ohio Review, North American Review, Prairie Schooner and Rattle. Her translations from Arabic and German appear or are forthcoming in many journals, including B O D Y, Circumference, Mid-American Review and moreShe is the board chair of the Marin Poetry Center and the former poetry editor of River Styx. 

Places in the signing line are reserved for those who purchase a copy of Wayward or Bright Stain from The King's English.

GET YOUR COPY NOW! Pre-order your signed copy of Wayward or Bright Stain today, by either calling the store at 801-484-9100 or ordering online. Please specify if you will be attending the event and if you want your book personalized.




Event date: 
Wednesday, September 25, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
The King's English Bookshop
1511 S 1500 E
Salt Lake City, UT 84105
Wayward Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098953
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Red Hen Press - June 25th, 2019

Bright Stain Cover Image
ISBN: 9781597098618
Availability: Usually Ships in 2-3 Days
Published: Red Hen Press - May 7th, 2019