The University at Buffalo English Department's Exhibit X Fiction Series continues with a reading by award winning poet and essayist Christine Hume at 7 p.m. tonight at Hallwalls Cinema, 341 Delaware Ave. (near Tupper St.) in Buffalo. The event is free and open to the public.
Hume, a professor in the interdisciplinary Creative Writing Program at Eastern Michigan University, is the author of three collections of poetry, "Musca Domestica" (Beacon Press, 2000), winner of the Barnard New Women Poets Prize; "Alaskaphrenia" (New Issues, 2004), winner of the Green Rose Award and Small Press Traffic’s 2005 Best Book of the Year Award; and Shot (Counterpath Press 2009).
She has also published two collections of lyric essays, "Lullaby: Speculations on the First Active Sense," a chapbook and CD (Ugly Duckling Presse 2007); and most recently, "Ventifacts" (Omnidawn, 2012). The latter book has been described as beginning "the year Hume's daughter develops a wind phobia, but quickly blows into lyric investigations of the wind in art, politics, and literature, highlighting the currents between imaginary relations and physical conditions."
The poet and essayist Carla Harryman has observed that "Hume's poetry pursues a new mode of experiential thinking, located in an uncanny architecture of somatic existence touching the physical world" and praised the poems in Hume's collection "Shot" as "gorgeous and courageous writing."
In tonight's event at Hallwalls, Hume will perform selections of "Ventifacts" and “Speech Talks Back,” a critical-creative curation of sound art that uses public speech overlaid with live narration.