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Laura Mullen is the author of seven books: Enduring Freedom: A Little Book of Mechanical Brides, The Surface (which makes use of traditional forms), After I Was Dead, Subject, Dark Archive, The Tales of Horror (a postmodern gothic), and Murmur. Her books are "concept albums," and Tales of Horror and Murmur are two sections of a trilogy dissecting genres that define the construct of women: horror, mystery, and romance novels and films. She deals with disaster in her writing, from Hurricane Katrina to personal loss.

Taking-and twisting-the title of an Iraq operation for its own, Laura Mullen’s seventh book, Enduring Freedom, might be summed up in the phrase Andre Breton applied to Frieda Kahlo: "a bomb with a ribbon around it." A comprehensive, sympathetic, scathing catalog of brides, this collection is also an examination of the emotional costs of a sustained attention to party planning in the face of an almost invisible war, as Mullen plays with conceptual poetry as well as Romance clichés. Undersong, the composer Jason Eckardt’s setting of “The Distance (This)” (from Subject) was released on Mode records in 2011 and she has collaborated with flutist Claire Chase.

She has received many awards for her poetry and is a frequent visitor at the Summer Writing Program at the Jack Kerouac School of Disembodied Poetics at Naropa. Her work has been widely anthologized and is included in Postmodern American Poetry, and American Hybrid (Norton), and I'll Drown My Book: Conceptual Writing by Women (Les Figues). Mullen lives in Baton Rouge and teaches at Louisiana State University.

Date: November 7, 2013 - 6:00:PM
Price: Free
Location: Pierce Hall

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