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River Readings brings poet Rebecca Lindenberg

August  17, 2013

Rebecca Lindenberg, a poet who experienced a tragic turn in her own life, will speak of love and loss when she opens the 2013-2014 River Readings series at Augustana College on Sept. 10, at 7 p.m. in the Wilson Center. The presentation is free and open to the public.

Lindenberg is the author of Love: An Index, published in 2012 by McSweeney's Poetry Series. The book tells the story in verse of her passionate relationship with Craig Arnold, a much-respected poet who disappeared in 2009 while hiking on a volcano in Japan.

While Lindenberg speaks of grieving deeply over his loss, she also found a way to celebrate the relationship they shared, affirming both of their lives through her poetry.

“The circumstances of her story are unique, but the tensions and emotions she explores are universal,” said Amanda Makula, a reference librarian at Augustana College’s Thomas Tredway Library. Makula is coordinating River Readings this academic year.

For students and faculty, Lindenberg’s work provides a connection to “Relationships in Modern Times,” the theme of Augustana’s Fall Symposium Day on Thursday, Sept. 26, Makula said.

“Her book is a profound examination of the relationship between great love and great loss, and I think her courage in writing it, in exposing her raw emotions along various stages of the relationship, is absolutely inspiring,” Makula said.

Lindenberg earned a Ph.D. in literature and creative writing from the University of Utah. Her honors include a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, a MacDowell Colony Residency and a fellowship at the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

Now in its sixth season, River Readings, Augustana’s annual literary series, brings artists to campus each year from around the country to meet with students to discuss their work and careers, and present a free public reading followed by a reception.

Sam Schlouch
Senior Communication Director
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