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The Write Question is a weekly literary program hosted by Lauren Korn that features authors from the American West—and beyond—including James Lee Burke, Kate Lebo, Anne Helen Petersen, Robert Wrigley, Jess Walter, Stephen Graham Jones, Hoa Nguyen, Maggie Shipstead, Elissa Washuta, and others.

‘The New World’: Kelly Schirmann’s Tender Recovery

Kelly Schirmann
Kelly Schirmann

In this lively conversation, Lauren and Missoula-based poet, ceramicist, and musician Kelly Schirmann talk about about her newest book of poetry, The New World, and about her creative practices. A hybrid collection of poetry and prose, The New World follows Schirmann’s attempts, failures, and re-attempts at understanding and articulating an era of immense social upheaval, political corruption, and environmental consequence, as well as her place, as an artist, within it.

About Kelly:
Kelly Schirmann is a writer, musician, ceramicist, and visual artist from Northern California. She is the author of Popular Music and The New World, and the co-author, with Tyler Brewington, of Boyfriend Mountain and Nature Machine. Her music projects include(d) headband (solo), Sung Mountains (with Jay Fiske), and Young Family (with Sam Pink). She is the founding editor of Black Cake, a record label for contemporary poetry and other experiments, and the co-creator of OMO, Public Access, and Americans for Responsible Technology (ART). She currently lives and teaches in Missoula, Montana.

Kelly Schirmann recommends:
The Secret Language of Birthdays: Your Complete Personology Guide for Each Day of the Year by Gary Goldschneider and Joost Elffers (Avery Publishing Group)
The Undying by Anne Boyer (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
How to Do Nothing: Resisting the Attention Economy by Jenny Odell (Melville House)
Ank Ceramics
Cody Hoyt

Lauren Korn recommends:
Popular Music (and The New World, of course) by Kelly Schirmann (Black Ocean)
3 Summers by Lisa Robertson (Coach House Books)
Garments Against Women by Anne Boyer (Ahsahta Press)
OMO Studio
Not Work Related
Mary Carroll Ceramics
Courtney Murphy Ceramics

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 an Arts and Culture Producer at Montana Public Radio and the host of it’s literature-based radio program and podcast, ‘The Write Question.’
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