Op-Cit Books in conjunction with the Santa Fe Women's International Study Center present a poetry reading by Martha Collins and Veronica Golos, Saturday, December 8, 2018 at 2:00 PM. The event will occur at Santa Fe's Op-Cit Books in DeVargas Mall and will consist of an afternoon with two white women whose poems use documentary as well as lyric modes to delve into America’s racial and racist past. Veronica Golos will read from Rootwork, which imagines the lost writings of nineteenth-century anti-slavery figures John Brown and Mary Day Brown; Martha Collins will read from Admit One: An American Scrapbook, which focuses on the early twentieth-century eugenics movement. The poets will also talk about their current work, and answer questions following the reading.
Martha Collins is currently a Fellow at Santa Fe’s Women’s International Study Center. She is the author of nine books of poetry, including a trilogy of works that focus on race: Admit One: An American Scrapbook (2016); White Papers (2012); and the book-length poem Blue Front (2006). Her other books include the recently published Night Unto Night, which is a sequel to Day Unto Day (2018, 2014), and four volumes of co-translated Vietnamese poetry. Founder of the creative writing program at UMass-Boston, Collins served as Pauline Delaney Professor of Creative Writing at Oberlin College for ten years, and is currently editor-at-large for Oberlin’s FIELD magazine. She lives in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Veronica Golos is the author of three poetry books, Rootwork (3: A Taos Press), Vocabulary of Silence (Red Hen Press, 2011), winner of the 2011 New Mexico Book Award, poems from which are translated into Arabic by poet Nizar Sartawi, and A Bell Buried Deep (Storyline Press, 2004), co-winner of the 16th Annual Nicholas Roerich Poetry Prize, nominated for a Pushcart Prize by Edward Hirsch, and adapted for stage and performed at Claremont School of Theology, Claremont, CA. Golos has lectured at Columbia University’s Teacher’s College, Hunter College, Julliard School of Music, Regis University, University of New Mexico, Dine Technical College, Kansas State University, and Colorado State University; she is co-editor of the Taos Journal of International Poetry & Art, former Poetry Editor for the Journal of Feminist Studies in Religion, and core faculty at Tupelo Press's Writers Conferences. She lives in Taos, New Mexico with her husband, David Pérez.