March 6, 2019 @ 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Neal Marshall Cultural Center
275 N. Jordan Ave
Patricia Lockwood Reading
Poet and author of the prize-winning memoir Priestdaddy Join us next week for a reading by poet Patricia Lockwood, who will visit IU Bloomington as the 2019 Susan D. Gubar Lecture. Lockwood will give a reading at the Neal-Marshall Grand Hall and discuss her acclaimed memoir, Priestdaddy.

This event is free and open to the public. Tickets are not required, although seating may be limited. A Q&A and book signing will follow.

Named one the Ten Best Books of 2017 by the New York Times, Patricia Lockwood’s Priestdaddy (Riverhead Books) is an unforgettable memoir of growing up in a family with a guitar- shredding priest for a father. Lockwood’s father, a Lutheran, converted to Catholicism after watching The Exorcist in a submarine, what he claims was the “deepest conversion on record.” Having received a dispensation from the authorities, Lockwood’s father became that rare thing—a married Catholic priest—and Lockwood herself “a human loophole.” Both hilarious and deeply moving, Priestdaddy is ultimately an exploration of our divided and contradictory world, in language so exuberant that it seems to bless everything it names.

Patricia Lockwood is also the author of two collections of poetry, Motherland Fatherland Homelandsexuals (Penguin, 2014) and Balloon Pop Outlaw Black (Octopus Books, 2012). Her work has appeared in the New YorkerLondon Review of BooksTin House, and PoetryPriestdaddy was named a finalist for the Kirkus Prize, and was recipient of the 2018 Thurber Prize for American Humor.


Lockwood’s visit is co-sponsored by the College Arts and Humanities Institute, the Susan D. Gubar Chair in Literature, and the Ruth N. Halls Humanities Fund.

This event is free and open to the public. If you have a disability and need assistance, arrangements can be made to accommodate most needs. For more information, please email cahi@indiana.edu or call (812) 856-1169.


Patricia Lockwood Reading
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