Today, Willow Springs magazine is proud to announce their new virtual live reading series in collaboration with Eastern Washington University, a continuation of the first live stream reading event that occurred in June via Facebook Live with Robert Long Foreman, who read from his book I Am Here to Make Friends (2020). That stream was recorded and can be watched back here. The live reading was the first of its kind for our magazine given the virtual nature of the event, and has inspired many more to come.
The next reading in the series will feature Issue 85 contributor and award-winning poet Andrea Jurjević, who will be reading from her collection of poetry. The reading will take place next Friday, October 23rd at 7pm PDT. A Q&A with the audience will follow. The event is free to attend and can be viewed via Facebook Live on the Willow Springs Facebook page. In collaboration with Eastern Washington University, all EWU students and faculty can access the reading via Zoom as well.
According to Andrea Jurjević’s personal website: “Andrea Jurjević grew up in Rijeka, Croatia, in the former Yugoslavia, before immigrating to the United States. Her debut poetry collection, Small Crimes, won the 2015 Philip Levine Poetry Prize, and her book-length translations from Croatian include Mamasafari (Diálogos Press, 2018) and Dead Letter Office (The Word Works, 2020). Her work has appeared, or is forthcoming, in The Believer, TriQuarterly, The Missouri Review, Gulf Coast and The Southeast Review, among many others. She was the recipient of a Robinson Jeffers Tor Prize, a Tennessee Williams Scholarship from the Sewanee Writers’ Conference, a Hambidge Fellowship, and the 2018 Georgia Author of the Year award. Andrea lives in Atlanta, Georgia, and teaches at Georgia State University.”
Andrea contributed three poems, “Nastic Movements”, “Department of Dream Justice”, and “Nevada Augury” to Issue 85 of Willow Springs magazine. Those poems, along with a featured interview in which she explains the inspiration behind them, can be read on our website here.