Poets Noah Blaustein, Kevin Prufer, and Cyrus Cassells

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Three poets – Noah Blaustein, Kevin Prufer, and Cyrus Cassells – celebrate their new books.

Noal Blaustein is the author of the new collection After Party. The geography of After Party includes married life and fatherhood, a childhood survived if not fully understood, the transition from youth to an adulthood filled with responsibilities, and the dangers of our current world and culture–on a personal and global scale–that can distract and disrupt life and our idea of home. By turns funny and heartbreaking, flirtatious and frank, Blaustein never lets his aggravation or confusion overwhelm his sense of gratitude for the life he leads and those he loves.By turns funny and heartbreaking, flirtatious and frank, Blaustein never lets his aggravation or confusion overwhelm his sense of gratitude for the life he leads and those he loves. Noah Blaustein is the author of Flirt (UNM Press) and the editor of the anthology Motion: American Sports Poems. He lives in Santa Monica, California.

Kevin Prufer is the author of the new collection, How He Loved Them, new work from an award-winning poet about the complications of romantic, familial, and patriotic love. Kevin Prufer is the author of six previous poetry collections including the Four Way Books title Churches (2014), named one of the ten best poetry books of the year by the New York Times Book Review. The recipient of many awards, he teaches in the graduate creative writing programs at the University of Houston and Lesley University and lives in Houston, Texas.

Cyrus Cassells is the author of the new The Gospel According to Wild Indigo, in which two dynamic song cycles keep the reader on edge with a timeless and beguiling feast of language that fuses together history, memory, and family. Throughout, Cassells invites the reader to consider the duality of grief and love, as well as the shifting connections between past and present. Cyrus Cassells is the author of The Mud Actor, winner of the 1981 National Poetry Series Competition; Soul Make a Path through Shouting, nominee for the Pulitzer Prize and winner of the William Carlos Williams Award; Beautiful Signor, winner of the Lambda Literary Award; and The Crossed-Out Swastika, finalist for the Balcones Prize for Best Poetry Book of 2012. He teaches at Texas State University in San Marcos.

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