Cliterati Open No Mic Featuring Andrea Jurjević

Event date: 
Thursday, September 21, 2017 - 7:30pm to 9:00pm

Andrea Jurjević headshot

Charis and Cliterati pair up to present an inviting and fierce open mic & reading series on the 3rd Thursday of every month. This month's feature is Andrea Jurjević, a poet and translator from Rijeka, Croatia. Her work has appeared in EPOCH, TriQuarterly, Best New Poets, the Missouri ReviewThe JournalGulf Coast, and many other literary journals. Her first poetry collection, Small Crimes, begins during the Croatian war years of the early 1990’s.  In the midst of bombings, sniper shootings, and firing squads, the speaker of the poems manages to live an almost normal adolescence, thanks to her grit, her attachment to family, and her skepticism.  The book then moves to the postwar years and onward into America, which is not without its own perils.  This is a collection that is often dark but just as often beautiful. Jurjevic’s language crackles with energy, and she lingers lovingly over the intimate details of a life that is lived with the eyes wide open. This is a Charis Circle From Margin to Center Literary Event. The Suggested Donation for Charis Circle is $5. 

Event address: 
1189 Euclid Ave. NE
Charis Books and More
Atlanta, GA 30307
Small Crimes Cover Image
$18.00
ISBN: 9781934695500
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Anhinga Press - February 10th, 2017

The title of this haunting and elegant book is ironic and deeply understated. I expect irony became a way of life, a reality ever-present in the up-turned world the war and dissolution of the former Yugoslavia at the root of these almost unrelenting poems. And the understatement is almost necessary as darkly comic ballast for the weight of the narrative facts.