Book Launch Party featuring the music of Little Bandit
Friday, April 6
Soft Junk 919 Gallatin Ave, # 14
Join Third Man Books and Soft Junk for a night of live music and poetry featuring two Nashville poets, Adia Victoria & Nathan Spoon, the live music of Little Bandit, and the howl of Abraham Smith in person to celebrate the release of his new book DESTRUCTION OF MAN (thirdmanbooks.com)
"Abraham Smith's DESTRUCTION OF MAN is a compass setting toward musics caught between the hungry teeth of vole and buried bone of river."—Tyehimba Jess, Winner of the 2017 Pulitzer Prize for Poetry
"Abraham Smith uses his words like a rhythmic sledgehammer upside the head." — Patterson Hood, Drive-By Truckers
"I’ve been unable to decide if the best way to describe [DESTRUCTION OF MAN] is as punk gone agrarian or if the agrarians went punk" — Juliana Spahr, Winner of the 2009 O.B. Hardison Jr. Poetry Prize
About the Performers:
Abraham Smith is the author of four poetry collections: Ashagalomancy (Action Books, 2015); Only Jesus Could Icefish in Summer (Action Books, 2014); Hank (Action Books, 2010); and Whim Man Mammon (Action Books, 2007). In 2015, he released Hick Poetics (Lost Roads Press), a co-edited anthology of contemporary rural American poetry and related essays. His creative work has been recognized with fellowships from the Fine Arts Work Center, Provincetown, MA, and the Alabama State Council on the Arts. DESTRUCTION OF MAN, his book-length poem about farming, is forthcoming in Spring 2018 from Third Man Books. Smith is an Assistant Professor of English at Weber State University, Ogden, Utah.
Nathan Spoon is the author of Doomsday Bunker (Swan World, 2017) and My Name is Gretchen Merryweather (hardPressed poetry, 2017). His publications include Poetry, Mantis, Oxford Poetry, and the anthology What Have You Lost? (HarperCollins). He has read his poems at the University of Pennsylvania, Vanderbilt University and the ALSCW Conference.
Adia Victoria is an American singer and songwriter, known for her gothic blues musical style. In addition to playing and writing music, she also writes and performs poetry. She is currently based in Nashville.
NPR describes Nashville band Little Bandit:" Little Bandit is a group devoted to the songs of Alex Caress, who's making classic country music with a sassy and subtly political twist. Caress first impressed Nashville audiences as part of the dream-pop band Ponychase, which was led by his sister, Jordan. More recently, he's played keyboards in breakout punk-blues star Adia Victoria's band. Alex Caress' own music recalls both Dolly Parton and Stephin Merritt of Magnetic Fields. It's highly evocative and slightly hilarious. In Little Bandit, he offers an openly queer perspective on classic country music and the themes of heartache, big dreams and drinking at the bar. Little Bandit, a group of local all-stars who've played with Margo Price, Nikki Lane and Sturgill Simpson."