Visiting Author Series: Denis Johnson and the Migration of Empathy with John Freeman

$65.00 Members
$75.00 Non-members

Long before he wrote his fierce and beloved novels, Denis Johnson was a poet. Reading his collected poems one sees a writer assembling a series of concerns. Fate and destruction, faith and the determination people have not to live up to it. Book to book, Johnson created an ever widening radius of care: first with the poet's own life, then with the people adjacent to him, and finally to those who never existed. Over the course of this evolution Johnson's expressions of faith changed as well, and he began to write of angels less as necessary agents of rescue calling from above, but something else entirely. As the fallen who are all around him. This craft talk will study how Johnson created this downward-up cosmology through his poetry, addressed the self-loathing that comes from self-destruction, and began to turn his eyes to the world around him and to the suffering of others. Students will practice this migration of empathy and leave with an assignment in narrative prose. 


Stick around after Freeman's craft talk for a reception and reading from 6:00 to 7:00 PM. Tattered Cover will be on-site to sell books. 

Instructor: John Freeman Learn More


Mar 02, 2018 4:00pm - 6:00pm