Welcome to Late Night Debut! This month we feature Hannah Gamble’s poetry collection, Your Invitation to a Modest Breakfast, published by Fence Books in 2012. Poet Bernadette Mayer chose Gamble’s debut collection as winner of the 2011 National Poetry Series. “Like the favorite daughters of a Sufi master, these liberating poems love contradiction and whirling, and intimacy,” wrote Tony Hoagland. “Their seriousness is droll, their humor warm and dark, their fables of selfhood are teasing and honest in marvelous and uncommon ways. They are truly delightful and robustly original—a poetic joy.”
Act One: Host Paul Martone covers controversial and entertaining book stories in the news
Act Two: Co-hosts Susan Denning and Mary Rechner discuss Hannah’s debut
Act Three: Paul and Hannah talk about her experience with Fence Books, the unfair stereotypes of Houston, and the contagious nature of contemporary poetry.
Berryman made me really, really want to talk in a strange way, and to be able to get away with saying things that don’t make sense unless you squint a little bit or maybe are half asleep. Sometimes I just want to say things unusually.
—Hannah on her influences
About Hannah Gamble:
Hannah Gamble has received writing and teaching fellowships from Rice University, The University of Houston, and The Edward F. Albee Foundation. Her poems and interviews appear or are forthcoming in APR, jubilat, The Laurel Review, Indiana Review, Ecotone, and elsewhere. She teaches English at the University of Wisconsin-Parkside and lives in Chicago.
About our co-hosts:
Susan Denning is the author of She Preferred to Read the Knives, a chapbook from Dancing Girl Press. Her poetry has appeared in New York Quarterly, Shampoo, Boneshaker, Filter and elsewhere. She is one of the editors of Alive At the Center, an anthology of Portland, Seattle and Vancouver B.C. poets (Ooligan Press). She’s also on the residency faculty for the newly established low residency MFA program at Eastern Oregon University. She works at Literary Arts in Portland.
Mary Rechner is the author of Nine Simple Patterns for Complicated Women (Propeller Books 2010). Her stories have appeared in the New England Review, Kenyon Review, Washington Square and Literary Mama, and have been published by Cloverfield Press (Los Angeles) and Negative Press (London). Her criticism and essays have appeared in The Believer and the Oregonian. Originally from Long Island, she works for Literary Arts, and lives in Portland, Oregon.