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Jodi Varon and David Axelrod: Does Time Heal?

Essayist and translator, Jodi Varon and her poet husband, David Axelrod, have collaborated and
worked as colleagues, at home and abroad, for over 40 years. Join them for an evening of back and
forth as each writer offers passages from their most recent books to reveal their unique takes on
shared experience.

In Your Eyes Will Be My Window, Varon unspools how an afternoon of hunting morels with her
family sparked a decade-long search for a lost link between her family, their home in Ukraine and
both the faith and skepticism they brought with them to the New World.

Skiing with Dostoyevsky: New and Selected Poems, brings together pieces from Axelrod’s previous nine
collections along with thirty-two new poems, the whole a kind of symphonic effort whose
worldliness is rooted in both travel and “the lexicon of the local.”

Jodi Varon is the author of two memoirs in linked essays, most recently Your Eyes Will Be My
Window, and also Drawing to an Inside Straight: The Legacy of an Absent Father, a WILLA Award finalist
from Women Writing the West. A translator of the Tang Dynasty Chinese poet Li He, Varon's book
of Li He's poems is The Rock's Cold Breath: Selected Poems of Li He. She is a professor emeritus of
English and Writing at Eastern Oregon University and a founding editor with David Axelrod of
basalt: a journal of fine and literary arts.

David Axelrod teaches letterpress printing at the University of Montana on a 1935 Hacker Test
Press and founded Bear Scratch Press. In addition to the volumes selected from here, Axelrod has
published two collections of personal essays, most recently, The Eclipse I Call Father. He and Jodi
Varon live near Missoula where they tend a small native plants nursery.

Event date: 
Wednesday, May 15, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
252 Main Street
Hamilton, MT 59840
Your Eyes Will Be My Window: Essays By Jodi Varon Cover Image
ISBN: 9780820364667
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Published: University of Georgia Press - September 1st, 2023

The Eclipse I Call Father: Essays on Absence By David Axelrod Cover Image
ISBN: 9780870719691
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Published: Oregon State University Press - March 19th, 2019