Edward Carvalho will read his poetry at the Minás Gallery in Baltimore, Maryland, this Sunday, November 10, 2013. The event starts at 4:00 p.m. The reading will focus on selections from his recent chapbook, Headlong into the cloudburst naked (PAresia, 2013).
A slim, but densely packed volume, Headlong into the cloudburst naked interrogates the overarching theme of war in contemporary society while relying on three varied registers of the word “nuclear” to advance its narrative: starting with a critique of masculine identity and patriarchy within the nuclear family, segueing into observations on modern life as mechanistic materialism within an “Atomic Miscellany” of bodies in motion, and culminating in a sober caution against post-9/11 global nuclear insecurity.
This title was recently blurbed by internationally renowned, Pulitzer-nominated poet Martín Espada, who praised the inherently Whitmanian emphasis and attention to craft in this collection. He writes: “Ed Carvalho is truly a poet in the tradition of Whitman. He not only articulates Whitman’s belief in radical democracy, he brings his own hard-earned knowledge of the working-class, immigrant experience to the work. These are tough, smart, well-made poems, political in the best sense of the word. Bravo!”
Carvalho has read and lectured on the subject of poetry in a variety of national and international forums, having conducted over 75 public readings of his work in recent years. Notably, in 2010, he was invited to the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater via paid honorarium as the main speaker/reader for the National Endowment for the Humanities “Big Read” program. He has also been twice invited to judge the National Endowment of the Arts Poetry Out Loud program here at IUP (2011, 2013).
Carvalho's latest reading is part of Gallery Minás’s Essential Sundays series.
For more information on the reading, please visit the Minás Gallery website. Interested parties are also encouraged to contact host Julie Fisher at Julie@poetryinbaltimore.com.