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Brian Blanchfield, Kathryn L. Pringle 

When: Sat., April 30, 8 p.m. 2016

SATURDAY, APRIL 30

BRIAN BLANCHFIELD

Winston-Salem expatriate Brian Blanchfield first established himself as a topically freewheeling, syntactically swashbuckling poet in two collections, the second of which, A Several World, was long-listed for the National Book Award. Last month, he moved into the realm of prose in Proxies: Essays Near Knowing, a collection of opaque but fascinating pieces that use topics as elusive as "dossiers" and "tumbleweed" as trapdoors that plunge us into the catacombs of Blanchfield's personal history. One that appeared in Harper's last November begins as an exploration of the word "frottage" before deepening into an unsparing account of being young and gay, and fleeing the religious South for New York City, at the height of the AIDS crisis. Now based in Tucson, Arizona, Blanchfield returns to his home state to read at Duke's Little Corner Reading Series with award-winning Durham poet kathryn l. pringle. —Brian Howe

THE SHED, DURHAM 8 p.m., free, www.shedjazz.com

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