Poets Sarah Katz, David Keplinger, and Jenny Molberg

Jenny Molberg, Sarah Katz, and David Keplinger come together at Politics and Prose’s Connecticut Avenue outpost for a conversation on their latest poetry collections: Court of No Record, Country of Glass, and The Long Answer, respectively. The three poets with DMV ties—Katz and Keplinger are based in the area and Molberg received her MFA from American University—are distinct in their style and focus, but they’ve all been independently praised within the poetry community. Katz’s Country of Glass was a finalist for Tupelo Press’ 2016 Dorset Prize; Molberg’s Marvels of the Invisible was the winner of Tupelo Press’ 2017 Berkshire Prize; and Keplinger was the 2020 recipient of the Emily Dickinson Award from the Poetry Society of America. Their publishers characterize their recent works as: a probe into a cultural obsession with violence that actively erases victims’ lives (Court of No Record); an exploration of identity, storytelling, displacement, and trauma to create a larger narrative on human fragility, survival, and resilience (Country of Glass); and poetry that’s more concerned with us remembering what we are (The Long Answer). The event will begin with brief readings from Katz and Molberg before Keplinger begins a moderated conversation with the two authors. Audience members will have a chance to engage with the authors in a Q&A and book signing. The panel begins at 7 p.m. on April 5 at Politics and Prose Connecticut Avenue location. politics-prose.com. Free.