Mutschlecner Reads From New Work At Library Feb. 22

Poet David Mutschlecner


Poet David Mutschlecner will read from his latest book of poetry “Icon” as the latest offering in Mesa Public Library’s Authors Speak series. The reading starts at 7 p.m., Thursday, .Feb. 22, in the Upstairs Rotunda of Mesa Public Library, 2400 Central Ave. in Los Alamos.

Mutschlecner’s published work includes the poetry books “Esse,” “Sign” and “Enigma and Light” from Ahsahta Press, and “Veils” from Stride Press. With “Icon” Mutschlecner continues his exploration of theopoetics, which is “where poetry shines a light into theology, cleansing it of dogmatism while nurturing inclusivity.” He views poetry as a place where “intensifications of reality occur.” Poems from “Icon” will also appear in “New American Writing.”

Ahsahta Press prides itself on championing and promoting “surprising, relevant and accessible experimental poetry that more commercially minded small presses avoid.” Although Ahsahta is the press affiliated with the University of Idaho, there are many connections to Los Alamos and Northern New Mexico. One of the first books published by Ahsahta was “New and Selected Poems” of Peggy Pond Church. More recently, Ahsahta has published Allison Cobb’s “After We All Died.”

The Authors Speak lectures are held on the fourth Thursday of each month in the Upstairs Rotunda of Mesa Public Library. The series is supported by Friends of Los Alamos County Libraries. Upcoming authors include Sherry and Jenny Thompson with their book “The Kremlinologist” on March 29th at Fuller Lodge and Elizabeth Church with her new book “All the Beautiful Girls” April 26.

For more information about Library events, check out the calendar on the Community Services Department page on the County website, or call the Library 505.662.8253.