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Allison Cobb’s White Whale: On 'Plastic: An Autobiography'

Allison Cobb
Allison Cobb

What does ‘autobiography’ mean to poet Allison Cobb? What action(s) should readers consider after reading Plastic: An Autobiography? What do desire, joy, and grief have to do with the plastic industry? Listen now to find out!

About Allison: Allison Cobb is the author of Plastic: an AutobiographyAfter We All DiedBorn2, and Green-Wood. Her work has appeared in Best American Poetry, Denver Quarterly, Colorado Review, and many other journals. She was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and National Poetry Series; has been a resident artist at Djerassi and Playa; and received fellowships from the Oregon Arts Commission, the Regional Arts and Culture Council, and the New York Foundation for the Arts. Allison lives in Portland, Oregon.

Allison recommends: DMZ Colony by Don Mee Choi (Wave Books)

Vesper Flights by Helen Macdonald (Grove Atlantic)

Braiding Sweetgrass by Robin Wall Kimmerer (Milkweed Editions)

This Changes Everything by Naomi Klein (Simon & Schuster)

Lauren recommends: After We All Died (Ahsahta Press) and Green-Wood (Nightboat Books) by Allison Cobb

Mill Town: Reckoning with What Remains by Kerri Arsenault (St. Martin’s Press)

No Archive Will Restore You by Juliettea Singh (Punctum Books)

Lauren R. Korn holds an M.A. in poetry from the University of New Brunswick, where she was the recipient of the Tom Riesterer Memorial Prize and the Angela Ludan Levine Memorial Book Prize. A former bookseller and the former Director of the Montana Book Festival, she is now the host of Montana Public Radio’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’