On Friday, Dec. 13, at 5:30 p.m., Clark County Poet Laureate Heather Lang-Cassera and award-winning poet Samuel Piccone will read with local poet extraordinaire Angela M. Brommel at The Writer's Block to celebrate the release of Brommel's poetry collection, "Mojave in July."
All three poets, Brommel, Lang-Cassera, and Piccone, have lived in the Midwest, and these memories tend to find themselves within these writers' poems and, at times, even in harmony with their Southern Nevada experiences.
"What I sort of found coming from the Midwest is that I could pull a lot of the same things that I did from the landscape out there, which is very flat, desolate," says Piccone on "Poet Laureate Presents…," a Clark County television segment. "It's very much the same way here when you get out of the city, right? I'm very drawn to and inspired by that sort of empty landscape and looking closely at the small, minute things."
Nature, however, is not the only topic these poets will explore during this reading. Brommel's "Mojave in July," for example, also features characters such as Miss Atomic and Wonder Woman, the latter of whom is encountered during a routine shopping excursion at Smith's. The speaker of the book ponders, "I wondered if [Wonder Woman] ever wakes up and thinks, / Today is not a good day to face the world in hot pants. / But last night she must have thought: / I save the world and I do my own shopping."
Of "Mojave in July," Vince Gotera writes, "Brommel walks a tightrope between desert and neon, the natural and the social, eco science and pop culture, always with a keen observational eye, luscious language, and scintillating imagery. Throughout these brilliant and intelligent poems, Brommel's attention to the senses is exquisite, especially taste, which is often the sense addressed least in poetry."
Angela M. Brommel is a Nevada writer with Iowa roots. In 2018, her chapbook, "Plutonium & Platinum Blonde," was published by Serving House Books. Her poetry has been published in The Best American Poetry blog, The North American Review, The Literary Review's (TLR) Share, and many other journals and anthologies. A 2018 Red Rock Canyon Artist in Residence, Angela served as the inaugural poet of the program. She earned an MFA in Creative Writing from Antioch University and an MA in Theatre from the University of Northern Iowa. Mojave in July is her debut full-length poetry collection. Angela is the Executive Director of the Office of Arts & Culture as well as affiliate faculty in Humanities at Nevada State College. You can also find her at The Citron Review as Editor-in-Chief. Her new book, Mojave in July, is available through Tolsun Books, a 501(c)(3) non-profit small press based out of the Flagstaff, Arizona and Las Vegas, Nevada.
Additional information about this reading can be found at the venue's website: www.thewritersblock.org