10/23/2018 - 7:00pm
Mark Irwin is the author of nine collections of poetry, which include A Passion According to Green, Bright Hunger, and Quick, Now, Always and a collection of essays. He has also translated Philippe Denis’s Notebook of Shadows and Nichita Stanescu’s Ask the Circle to Forgive You. Recognition for his work includes The Nation/Discovery Award, four Pushcart Prizes, two Colorado Book Awards, the James Wright Poetry Award, and fellowships from the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Fulbright, Lilly, and Wurlitzer Foundations. He is an associate professor in the PhD in Creative Writing & Literature Program at the University of Southern California and lives in Los Angeles and Colorado. In Amy Carlson's Brother Beast, east meets west in an action-packed middle grade novel. Teague can't stand his brother Rory, who's become a bully, a butt-nugger, and a middle school monster. One night Teague feels the floor shudder and hears the splintering of wood and the shattering of glass. He watches as a dragon-like silhoette rises into the sky. Hanging from its claws is a limp form... his brother Rory. This catapults Teague into a quest he really does not want to go on. To suceed, he will have to do more than find his brother: he must come to terms with his mother's death, solve the riddle of the dragons, tame the spirit of the tiger, revive the song of the phoenix; and unravel the mystery of the beast within himself... that's all, simple.