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Tickets: $10
The Church is pleased to announce esteemed poet Philip Schultz in conversation with poet and editor Jill Bialosky.  Featuring an excerpt reading and discussion of Schultz’s newly published memoir Comforts of the Abyss, the two will converse about Schultz’s writing school, method, and how it translates to the page. In this candid and generous book, Schultz reflects on his early life in an immigrant neighborhood of upstate New York, his first writing experiments inspired by Ernest Hemingway and John Keats, his struggles with dyslexia, and the failures he witnessed in his father’s life and his own. Through surprising, sometimes humorous, and encouraging encounters with the writers who influence him—including Elizabeth Bishop, Joan Didion, and Norman Mailer—as well as moving experiences of loss, Schultz learns how to fashion personas out of pain. The evening will conclude with a book signing.

Philip Schultz is the author of eight poetry collections, including Luxury and the Pulitzer Prize–winning Failure, as well as Comforts of the Abyss, the memoir My Dyslexia, and The Wherewithal, a novel in verse. The founder of The Writers Studio, he has been teaching creative writing since 1971. He resides in East Hampton, New York.

Jill Bialosky is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry, three critically acclaimed novels, along with her  forthcoming novel, The Deceptions publishing in September, 2022, and a two memoirs, Poetry Will Save Your Life and New York Times bestselling memoir History of a Suicide: My Sister’s Unfinished Life. Her poems and essays have appeared in The New Yorker, The Atlantic Monthly, Harper’s, O Magazine, The Kenyon Review, Harvard Review, and Paris Review among others. She co-edited with Helen Schulman the anthology, Wanting a Child. She is an Executive Editor and Vice President at W. W. Norton & Company. In 2014 she was honored by the Poetry Society of America for her distinguished contribution to poetry.

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