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Poet Charlie Bondhus, with Tina Cane + Julie Batten

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Charlie Bondhus
author of the poetry collection Divining Bones

with Tina Cane + Julie Batten


About Divining Bones:

Boys become crones; baked bread becomes a baby; electricity turns out to be Jesus; a first grade class stages Oedipus Rex. At the center of it all stands Baba Yaga, the child-eating forest witch and earth goddess of Russian folklore. Under her tutelage, Charlie Bondhus uses the occult and the magickal to explore the fluidity of age, gender, and self-perception in this radical and playful book.


Charlie Bondhus's books of poetry include Divining Bones (Sundress Publications, 2018) and All the Heat We Could Carry (Main Street Rag, 2013), winner of the Thom Gunn Award for Gay Poetry. His work has appeared in Poetry, The Missouri Review, Columbia Journal, Hayden’s Ferry Review, Bellevue Literary Review, Nimrod, and Copper Nickel. He has received fellowships from the Virginia Center for Creative Arts, the Sundress Academy for the Arts, and the Hawthornden Castle International Retreat for Writers. He is associate professor of English at Raritan Valley Community College (NJ).

Tina Cane was born in Hell’s Kitchen, NYC in 1969 and grew up in the city’s East and West Village. She attended the University of Vermont, the Sorbonne and completed her master’s degree in French Literature at the University of Paris IX-Nanterre and Middlebury College. She is the founder and director of Writers-in- the-Schools, RI, for which she works as a visiting poet, and is also an instructor with the writing community, Frequency Providence. Her books include The Fifth Thought, Dear Elena: Letters for Elena Ferrante, Once More With Feeling, and Body of Work. Tina was the 2016 recipient for the Fellowship Merit Award in Poetry from the Rhode Island State Council on the Arts. She currently serves as the Poet Laureate of Rhode Island where she lives with her husband and their three children.

Julie Batten currently teaches personal essay at the Lifebridge shelter in Salem, Massachusetts, where her students are a constant source of inspiration to her. She has an MFA in writing and literature from Bennington College and has worked extensively to promote MassPoetry, a local non-profit committed to bringing poetry to the people of Massachusetts.

Earlier Event: September 4
Saskia Vogel
Later Event: September 17
Book Club Meeting: Near to the Wild Heart