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Bona Fide Award-Winner to Read at LTCC Writers’ Series Oct 8

Posted on October 2, 2014
Filed Under Lake Tahoe Truckee Writers, South Tahoe Events

Field_Study_cover_frontOn Oct. 8 at 7 pm Bona Fide Books will launch St. Louis poet Travis Mossotti’s award-winning collection “Field Study” at the Lake Tahoe Community College’s Writers’ Series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Mossotti’s second collection, “Field Study” won Bona Fide’s 2013 Melissa Lanitis Gregory Poetry Prize, offered annually in honor of the local artist who died in 2009. Written in the tradition of American naturalists, “Field Study” chronicles a courtship through the vehicle of carnivore conservation efforts, says publisher Kim Wyatt. “This book is really about the ethics of nature and relationships, and what is human versus what is animal.”

Mossotti was awarded a cash prize, publication and a reading at Lake Tahoe. Previously, he was awarded the May Swenson Poetry Award by contest judge Garrison Keillor for his first collection of poems “About the Dead” (USU Press, 2011), and his chapbook “My Life as an Island” was published by Moon City Press in 2013. Mossotti is the Poet-in-Residence at the Endangered Wolf Center in St. Louis.

Mossotti has worked and volunteered over the last decade with U.S. government, university, and non-profit organizations on data collection, animal captures, releases, and lab work for various endangered species recovery efforts across North America. In 2011, he was awarded the May Swenson Poetry Award by contest judge Garrison Keillor for his first collection of poems, About the Dead (USU Press, 2011). His chapbook, My Life as an Island, was published by Moon City Press in 2013.

Books will be available for signing and purchase. Mossotti will be reading with prize-winning novelist Josh Weil, author of “The Great Glass Sea.”

The Great Glass Sea was a New York Times Editor’s Choice, and his novella collection, The New Valley, was awarded the Sue Kaufman Prize from the American Academy of Arts and Letters. Weil is a Fulbright Fellow who has written for the New York Times, Granta, Tin House, and Esquire, among others. He also was a National Book Award 5-Under-35 honoree. He lives in the foothills of the Sierra Nevadas.

Mossotti has worked and volunteered over the last decade with U.S. government, university, and non-profit organizations on data collection, animal captures, releases, and lab work for various endangered species recovery efforts across North America. In 2011, he was awarded the May Swenson Poetry Award by contest judge Garrison Keillor for his first collection of poems, About the Dead (USU Press, 2011). His chapbook, My Life as an Island, was published by Moon City Press in 2013.

Lake Tahoe Community College is located at 1 College Drive in South Lake Tahoe. For more information on this or other Bona Fide events, contact Kim Wyatt at editor@bonafidebooks.com or visit the website at www.bonafidebooks.com.

 

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