Catherine Rankovic will be one of three featured readers at the •chance operations• reading at Duff's, 392 N. Euclid, on Monday, May 21.
Also featured will be Gabriel Fried and Eileen G'Sell.
Musical guest will be Michael Coleman.
Doors open at 7:30 p.m.; admission is $3.
Advance sign-up for the open-mic following the featured readers is encouraged. Click here to sign-up via e-mail.
Catherine Rankovic’s books include Meet Me: Writers in St. Louis (Penultimate, 2010), Island Universe: Essays and Entertainments (WingSpan, 2007); Fierce Consent and Other Poems (WingSpan, 2005) and Guilty Pleasures: Indulgences, Addictions, and Obsessions (Andrews McMeel, 2003).
She received her M.F.A. from Washington University, where she has taught writing since 1989; she also teaches poetry and creative nonfiction in the new online M.F.A. program at Lindenwood University.
Her essays and poems have appeared in The Missouri Review, St. Louis Magazine, The Iowa Review, Boulevard, River Styx, Umbrella, Garbanzo, Bad Shoe, The Progressive, Natural Bridge, Gulf Coast, St. Louis Post-Dispatch, and other journals and anthologies.
Her awards include the Missouri Biennial Award for essay writing, a Pushcart Prize nomination, and an Academy of American Poets award. She recently produced "Giving Voice," collecting and writing the score for a choral reading of works by 20 St. Louis poets. She is a professional book editor and her website is BookEval.com.
Babushka(Originally published in UCity Review #1.)
Flap of cotton or fine black wool
spun to a sheen, magenta and yellow
cabbage-roses printed on phantasmagorical
greenery, or aerial maps of operatic
paisley, colors bilious, choleric, sanguine;
square of fabric folded, corners
knotted once beneath the chin
instantly estranges and ages,
says, when the foreign face turns away, “I show you
the garden you believe it is impossible I am.”
-- Catherine Rankovic