Please join Parnassus Books in welcoming Christina Stoddard for a discussion and signing of her new book, Hive.Hive is a remarkable debut collection of poems about brutality, exaltation, rebellion, and allegiance. Written in the voice of a teenage Mormon girl, these poems chronicle an inheritance of daily violence and closely guarded secrets. A conflicting cast of recurring characters—best friends, sisters, murderers, and the ominous Elders—move through these poems as the speaker begins to struggle with the widening gulf between her impulse toward faith and her growing doubts about the people who claim to know God’s will. Ultimately she must confront what it means to believe and what it costs to save ourselves. Christina Stoddard's poems have appeared in various journals including Tupelo Quarterly, DIAGRAM, and Spoon River Poetry Review. Originally from Tacoma, WA, Christina received her MFA from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was the Fred Chappell Fellow. Christina is a Contributing Editor at Cave Wall and in 2014 she joined the staff of Tupelo Quarterly as an Associate Editor.
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