Poet Leia Penina Wilson will read from her new book at the University of Notre Dame

Author: Kathryn Pitts

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On January 29, 2020, at 7:30PM, award-winning poet Leia Penina Wilson will be reading from her recently published book, Splinters Are Children of Wood, at 232 Decio Hall, University of Notre Dame. The reading is sponsored by the Creative Writing Department.

The wildly unrestrained poems in Splinters Are Children of Wood, Wilson's second collection and winner of the Ernest Sandeen Prize in Poetry, pose an increasingly desperate question about what it means to be a girl, the ways girls are shaped by the world, as well as the role myth plays in this coming of age quest.

Publishers Weekly reviewed the book, saying, "With its blend of spare but powerful lines, many readers will find this an inspired effort to rally disempowered voices."

Leia Penina Wilson is an afakasi Samoan poet hailing from the Midwest. Her work has appeared in Dream Pop Press, Split Lip, Birdfeast, Bombay Gin, Powder Keg, and OmniVerse. She is the author of i built a boat with all the towels in your closet (and will let you drown), winner of the 2012 To the Lighthouse Poetry Prize.

Splinters Are Children of Wood is published by the University of Notre Dame Press.

The event is free and open to the public.

For more information, contact: Kathryn Pitts, pitts.5@nd.edu, 574.631.3267