VBS/IPL Vermont Authors Series - Kellam Ayres

Kellam Ayres’s debut poetry collection, In the Cathedral of My Undoing (Gunpowder Press, 2024), was chosen by Gary Soto as the winner of the Barry Spacks Poetry Prize. Her poems have appeared or are forthcoming in New England Review, Ploughshares, Guernica, Ninth Letter, and elsewhere. Her work has received support with grants and residencies from the Vermont Arts Council and the Vermont Studio Center. She works for the Middlebury College Library and serves as the liaison to the Bread Loaf School of English and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conferences. She’s a graduate of both the School of English and the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers, and lives with her husband, daughter, and son in East Middlebury.

“A work of great candor and lucidity, In the Cathedral of My Undoing is a gutting and deeply observed collection. Everything Ayres’ eye falls on takes on a stark clarity. Her straightforward lines disguise an enormous intelligence and tonal sensitivity: a fierce capacity for finding the emotional heart of things. I admire the deep attentiveness in these poems — the frontal gazes at the pain and strangeness of our most intimate connections and losses. Here are snapshots illuminating the truths of human encounter and the naked wrongs of our world; here, too, poems of eerie simplicity and praise, pulsing with a kind of desperate sadness. These are poems of our hidden lives, reminding us of the interior paths we all travel between our betrayals and our acts of courage. A wise, vulnerable, and immensely rewarding book.” 

—Jenny George

Event date: 
Tuesday, June 4, 2024 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Ilsley Public Library
75 Main St.
Middlebury, VT 05753
In the Cathedral of My Undoing By Kellam Ayres Cover Image
ISBN: 9781957062112
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Published: Gunpowder Press - February 5th, 2024

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