Join us for the release of Erika Howsare’s book How is Travel a Folded Form? A signing will follow. This event will be free and open to the public.
How is Travel a Folded Form? is a hybrid work of poetry and prose, and a question that moves through the American landscape, imagining how different eras might interrogate each other. Formally playful, the book is based on the writings of indomitable 19th-century travel writer Isabella Bird—a single woman who journeyed around the world alone, including a trip on horseback through the American West. How Is Travel…? weaves Bird’s words together with the voice of a contemporary narrator, wandering through topics that include travel, tourism, pioneer history, photography, landscapes, and women’s work.
Erika Howsare was educated at Oberlin College and Brown University, and now lives near Charlottesville, where she’s a longtime contributor to C-VILLE Weekly. With Kate Schapira, she wrote a book-length poetic meditation on waste, called FILL: A Collection, published by Trembling Pillow Press in 2016. She was a co-editor at Horse Less Press for eleven years and has published four chapbooks, including one just out from Magnificent Field. Her recent prose appears in Taproot and online at The Millions and The Rumpus. Find more work at erikahowsare.com.