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Date(s) - February 24, 2023
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm

Snowbank Brewing


A Fort Collins Book Fest Event


Sharing tender and uneasy fascinations with faith, John Tipton and Aby Kaupang interrogate, in poetry both mystic and linguistically precise, what lies beneath our inner lives, outer exchanges, and responsibilities to one another.  Tipton’s, BELIEVERS AND SEVEN SERMONS FROM THE BACCHAE, is an idiosyncratic offering of Euripides’ Bacchae interlaced with passages from the Gospel of Mark. Kaupang’s Radiant Tether braids the war in Afghanistan, a ponderance of god’s cruel mysteries, and love between two people trying to stay alive.


John Tipton was born in 1964 in Alton, Illinois. After an itinerant childhood—mostly in Indiana—and a stint in the army, he attended the University of Chicago, where he earned a degree in philosophy. He is the author of two poetry collections published by Flood Editions, Surfaces (2004) and Paramnesia (2016), as well as two translations of Greek tragedies: Sophocles’ Ajax (2008) and Aeschylus’s Seven against Thebes (2015), also published by Flood. He is the publisher of Verge Books, a small literary press he runs with Peter O’Leary. Since 1990 he has called Chicago home



Aby Kaupang is the author of & there’s you still thrill hour of the world to love (winner of Parlor Press’ New Measure Prize selected by Brenda Hillman, forthcoming), Radiant Tether (Verge, 2020), NOS, disorder not otherwise specified (w. Matthew Cooperman, Futurepoem),  Little “g” God Grows Tired of Me (SpringGun), and multiple other collections. She holds master’s degrees in creative writing and occupational therapy and lives in Fort Collins where she served as the Poet Laureate from 2015-2017. More information at abykaupang.com.


For more information about the Fort Collins Book Fest, visit https://www.focobookfest.org/