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Callie Siskel “Two Minds” Book Release

May 6 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm

East Bay Booksellers and Gilman Brewing are excited to host Callie Siskel and friends on Monday, May 6th for the release of Siskel’s new collection of poetry, Two Minds. The reading will feature the author as well as guests Alison Thumel and Armen Davoudian.

About Two Minds

In a piercing and beautiful elegy for the poet’s father, this debut volume investigates the enduring pain and transformative potential of grief.

Does loss define us, or do we define loss? Tracing the duality of grief as it reverberates through a family, Callie Siskel wrestles with questions of identity and inheritance in precise, lucid poetry. Two Minds indulges and therefore exposes the vanity of turning private pain into art and the pursuit of self-revelation. Drawing on ekphrasis, ars poetica, and the prose poem, Siskel expands the elegiac genre as she oscillates between childhood and adulthood, art and mythology, as well as the natural and domestic world. At once cerebral and emotional, Two Minds is an essential meditation on the ways that loss cleaves and doubles our perceptive power.

About The Authors

Callie Siskel is the author of the poetry collection Two Minds (W. W. Norton). Her poetry appears in The Paris ReviewThe Atlantic, and the New York Review of Books. A former Wallace Stegner Fellow at Stanford University, she lives in Los Angeles, where is a poetry editor at the Los Angeles Review of Books.

Alison Thumel’s poems have appeared in Poetry, the Adroit JournalNew England Review, and elsewhere. She is the recipient of a Wallace Stegner Fellowship in poetry at Stanford University, a grant from the Elizabeth George Foundation, and the Martha Meier Renk Fellowship from the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where she completed her MFA. Her first poetry collection, Architect (University of Arkansas Press)won the 2024 Miller Williams Poetry Prize.

Armen Davoudian is the author of the poetry collection The Palace of Forty Pillars (Tin House) and the translator, from Persian, of Hopscotch by Fatemeh Shams (Ugly Duckling Presse). He grew up in Isfahan, Iran, and is a PhD candidate in English at Stanford University.