TULA Book Release Celebration!
Milkweed Editions celebrate the release of Chris Santiago's new poetry collection, TULA, winner of the Lindquist & Vennum Prize for Poetry.
Date & Time:
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM
818 South 2nd Street
Minneapolis, MN 55415
The St. Thomas English Department is pleased to recognize and congratulate Dr. Chris Santiago on the release of his new poetry collection, Tula, winner of the 2016 Lindquist & Vennum Prize for poetry! Milkweed Editions, the publisher of Tula, will host this release celebration and reading at the Guthrie Theater.
Tula:a ruined Toltec capital; a Russian city known for its accordions; Tagalog for “poem.”
Prismatic, startling, rich with meaning yet sparely composed, Chris Santiago’s debut collection of poems begins with one word and transforms it, in a dazzling sleight of hand, into a multivalent symbol for the immigrant experience. Tula: Santiago reveals to readers a distant land devastated by war. Tula: its music beckons in rhythms, time signatures, and lullabies. Tula: can the poem, he seems to ask, build an imaginative bridge back to a family lost to geography, history, and a forgotten language?
Inspired by the experiences of the second-generation immigrant who does not fully acquire the language of his parents, Tula paints the portrait of a mythic homeland that is part ghostly underworld, part unknowable paradise. Language splinters. Impossible islands form an archipelago across its landscape. A mother sings lullabies and a father works the graveyard shift in St. Paul—while in the Philippines, two dissident uncles and a grandfather send messages and telegrams from the afterlife.
Deeply ambitious, a collection that examines the shortcomings and possibilities of both language and poetry themselves, Tula announces the arrival of a major new literary talent.
Chris Santiago’s poems, short stories, and criticism have appeared in FIELD, Pleiades, the Asian American Literary Review, and elsewhere. He has received fellowships from Kundiman and the Mellon Foundation/American Council of Learned Societies, and nominations for Best New Poets and others. Born and raised in the Twin Cities, he received his Ph.D. in the literature and creative writing program at the University of Southern California and is an assistant professor in the English department at the University of St. Thomas..