New Hampshire Institute of Art (NHIA) is pleased to announce the next speaker in our Visiting Writers Series poet Adam Clay. Clay will give a reading and answer questions at the New Hampshire Institute of Art on Tuesday, March 22 at 6pm in the French building’s rotunda, located at 148 Concord Street. The reading is free and open to the public.
Adam Clay is the author of A Hotel Lobby at the Edge of the World (Milkweed Editions, 2012) and The Wash (Parlor Press, 2006). And a third book of poems, Stranger (Milkweed Editions, 2016). His poems have appeared in Ploughshares, Crab Orchard Review, Boston Review, Iowa Review, The Pinch, and elsewhere. He holds a PhD in English with a Creative Dissertation from Western Michigan University and an MFA from the University of Arkansas. Since 2003, he has co-edited Typo Magazine and is a Book Review Editor for The Kenyon Review. In addition, he is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Illinois, Springfield.
Stranger, the book from which Clay will read, is a book of both great change and deep roots, with rich elements of the earth and the instability of a darkening sky. This third collection by Adam Clay dives into a dynamic world where the only map available is "not of the world / but of the path I took to arrive in this place, / a map with no real definable future purpose." Tracing a period of great change in his life—a move, a new job, the birth of his first child—Clay navigates the world with elegance and wonder, staring into the heart of transition and finding in it the wisdom that "Despite our best efforts to will it shut, / the proof of the world's existence / can best be seen in its insistence, / in its opening up." By firmly grasping on to the present, the past and the future collapse into the lived moment, allowing for an unclouded view of a way forward.
Clay’s Stranger will be available for purchase, courtesy of Gibson's Bookstore. For more information contact NHIA.