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Visiting Writer, Joni Tevis’ Public Reading and Author Interview


Hamline welcomes creative nonfiction author, Joni Tevis, to campus this March. Tevis will give a public reading, meet with students at the advanced level of their programs, and participate in a public interview conducted by a member of the faculty and a student selected by the faculty member. Tevis’ interview will be published in the next issue (v. 2) of Runestone

Public Reading is Tuesday, March 8, 2016
7:00 pm, Kay Fredericks Room, Klas Center

Author Interview is Thursday, March 10, 2016
9:40 - 11:10 am (Runestone class) 
Bush Library 202

Tevis’ most recent essay collection is The World Is On Fire: Scrap, Treasure, and Songs of Apocalypse: “Marked by the end-times sermons of her Southern youth, Joni Tevis has spent her life both haunted by and drawn to visions of apocalypse: Nuclear fallout, economic collapse, personal tragedy. This collection follows the pilgrimage she undertook to put her childhood dread to rest. Standing at Buddy Holly’s memorial in the middle of a farmer’s field recalls Doom Town—the model American suburb built in the Nevada desert to measure the devastation of a nuclear bomb. Wandering the abandoned shop floors of shuttered factories in her hometown conjures landscapes submerged by flooding. And her visceral experience of remote Alaskan wilderness merges into a meditation on the sublime instinctual joy, as well as the unutterable sorrow, that can result from a woman carrying a child in her body.

Tevis builds these essays with the raw materials of our world—nails and beams, dirt and stone, bones and blood—and fills them with the essence of our popular culture: Liberace’s trills, Freddy Mercury’s pleas, and Buddy Holly’s hypnotic gaze. What results is a whole empowered by the richness and deep interconnection of its parts: In courageously facing up to the worst that may befall us, she has created a living testament to the promise and necessity of death and rebirth.”

Published May 2015 by Milkweed Editions