Sinsinawa Mound Center offers retreats and programs as well as opportunities for personal reflection and renewal in a comfortable, rural setting.
Flyover Country: A Poetry Reading
September 25 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
Austin Smith will read from his new poetry collection, Flyover Country, an investigation of violence: the violence we do to the land, to animals, to refugees, to the citizens of distant countries, to one another. Smith holds up to the reader the beauty and cruelty of rural life, drawing from memories of his childhood on a family dairy farm in Illinois. In writing about the Midwest, Smith critiques the condescending idea of rural America as mere “flyover country,” while at the same time suggests that America herself has become a “flyover country,” carrying out drone strikes and surveillance abroad, locked in a state of perpetual war that its populace is weary of but seems helpless to stop.
Tuesday, September 25, 6:30 p.m. No registration necessary. Freewill offering will be accepted.
Austin Smith grew up on a family dairy farm in northwestern Illinois. His poetry, stories, and essays have been published in The New Yorker, Poetry Magazine, Harper’s, and War No More: Three Centuries of American Antiwar and Peace Writing. He currently teaches at Stanford University and lives in Oakland, CA.