Poets Wear Prada, October 2009
The many moods of THE SLIP, from fabulous to funny to frenetic, announce the arrival of a promising new voice that can express, with consummate sensitivity and verve, the sorrows and celebrations of our complicated queerness. When Michael Montlack writes, he can make us sing or break our hearts. Each poem is a veritable “kiss of the artist”—passionate and memorable.
—Rigoberto González, author of Other Fugitives and Other Strangers
With pitch-perfect pacing and an intimate colloquial voice, THE SLIP reads as engagingly novelistic even as these memoiristic vignettes are untamed by wit and scathing humor. Ouch. The poems are at once revealing yet winningly imaginative as they reignite myth—there’s even a bisexual Orpheus here who helps Montlack to rewrite the past while instructing, bruising, and exposing suburbia’s lingering melancholy.
—Peter Covino, author of Cut Off the Ears of Winter,
winner of PEN/America Osterweil Prize
Michael Montlack's THE SLIP situates us in the middle of a life, threading together joys and sorrows. Some of the comic moments will truly make you laugh out loud. And at times, you'll get horribly wistful. Such is the richness of this collection.
—D. A. Powell, author of Chronic
Wed 10/7: Michael Montlack reads THE SLIP 6-7:30PM Hofstra University Spiegel Theater Hempstead, NY (off Hempstead Turnpike)
Fri 10/9: Michael Montlack reads THE SLIP 6-8PM The Cornelia St Café 29 Cornelia St NYC $7 include 1 free house drink 212.989.9319
Mon 10/12: Michael Montlack reads MY DIVA 6-8PM The Cornelia St Café 29 Cornelia St NYC $7 include 1 free house drink 212.989.9319
Fri 10/16: Michael Montlack reads from MY DIVA (on Stevie Nicks), with contributors Wayne Koestenbaum (on Anna Moffo), Mark Doty (on Grace Paley), Jason Schneiderman (on Liza Minnelli), Christopher Murray (on Margaret Dumont) and Richard Tayson (on Helen Reddy), 4-6 PM CUNY Graduate Center 365 Fifth Ave - Room 4409 @ W 34th St, NYC Q/A and Reception to follow.
Michael Montlack is the editor of the essay anthology My Diva: 65 Gay Men on the Women Who Inspire Them (University of Wisconsin Press, 2009) and the author of two other poetry chapbooks: Cover Charge (Winner of the 2007 Gertrude Prize) and Girls, Girls, Girls (Pudding House, 2008).
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