Jodie Hollander and Emily Perez Live at McGregor


Tattered Cover is pleased to present Jodie Hollander and Emily Perez at our McGregor Square location on June 15th at 6:00pm! They will be celebrating their books of poetry, Nocturne, and What Flies Want! This event is free to the public and no ticket is required for entry.



Set in a technicolour world of dreams, ghosts, classical music, and Key West storms, Jodie Hollander's compelling second collection charts the emotional journey of the daughter of a professional classical pianist. These bold and arresting poems, rich with musicality, and fierce in their emotional honesty, chart the complicated repercussions of family dysfunction and musical obsession while traversing the landscape of the human condition and exploring the need for refuge in the natural world.


Jodie Hollander was raised in a family of classical musicians. Her work has appeared in publications such as The Poetry Review, The Dark Horse, The Rialto, Verse Daily, The Warwick Review, The Manchester Review, Australia's Best Poems, 2011, and Australia's Best Poems of 2015. Her debut pamphlet, The Humane Society, was released with Tall-Lighthouse in 2012. She is the recipient of a Fulbright Fellowship in South Africa, and was awarded a MacDowell Colony fellowship in 2015.

In What Flies Want, disaster looms in domesticity: a family grapples with its members’ mental health, a marriage falters, and a child experiments with self-harm. With its backdrop of school lockdown drills, #MeToo, and increasing political polarization, the collection asks how these private and public tensions are interconnected.

The speaker, who grew up in a bicultural family on the U.S./Mexico border, learns she must play a role in a culture that prizes whiteness, patriarchy, and chauvinism. As an adult she oscillates between performed confidence and obedience. As a wife, she bristles against the expectations of emotional labor. As a mother, she attempts to direct her white male children away from the toxic power they are positioned to inherit, only to find how deeply she is also implicated in these systems. Tangled in a family history of depression, a society fixated on guns, a rocky relationship, and her own desire to ignore and deny the problems she must face, this is a speaker who is by turns defiant, defeated, self-implicating, and hopeful.

Emily Pérez is author of House of Sugar, House of Stone and coedited The Long Devotion: Poets Writing Motherhood. She works as a high school teacher and dean, and lives in Denver, Colorado.

Nocturne By Jodie Hollander Cover Image
ISBN: 9781802078138
Availability: Available to Order
Published: Pavilion Poetry - April 1st, 2023

What Flies Want: Poems (Iowa Poetry Prize) By Emily Pérez Cover Image
ISBN: 9781609388430
Availability: Available to Order
Published: University Of Iowa Press - May 11th, 2022

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Location: McGregor Square