Join us for a reading and discussion on independent publishing with writers Benjamin Goluboff and Joshua Bohnsack at The Book Stall in Winnetka, IL on Sunday, March 18 at 2 PM.
Benjamin Goluboff teaches English at Lake Forest College. He has written about a variety of topics in American literature, including the literature of the Vietnam war, and placed imaginative writing - poetry, fiction, and essays - in many small-press journals over the years. Author David Anderson says of his new book, Ho Chi Minh: A Speculative Life in Verse and Other Poems, "Benjamin Goluboff is a remarkable poet, his voice and his world are his own. The juxtaposition of Ho Chi Minh, Allen Ginsberg, and the big-shouldered city of Chicago is both jarring and fitting. Savvy and surprising, there is a rare quality of imagined reality in this collection and in all its people and places."
Joshua Bohnsack is the author of SHIFT DRINK (forthcoming - Spork Press 2018) and BURNT SIENNA (Throwback Books 2017). He is the managing editor of Curbside Splendor Publishing and an MFA candidate at Northwestern University in Creative Writing with a BA in English and Printmaking from The University of Iowa. Bohnsack is the founding editor of Long Day Press, a hand-bound chapbook publisher, a reader for TriQuarterly Magazine, and was a participant of the Irish Writing Program in Dublin. His work has appeared in The Rumpus, Hobart, Queen Mob’s Teahouse, and others.
Almost fifty years after his death, Ho Chi Minh remains a deeply divisive figure -- heroic revolutionary, or brutal dictator, depending on your perspective on the Vietnam wars. Not overtly political, the poems in this collection interrogate Ho's life and wars with a lyricism that is both dark and inventive.