September 25, 2018: 6:30 - 8 pm

Austin Smith will read from his new poetry collection, Flyover Country, an investigation of violence: the violence we do to the land, to animals, to refugees, to the citizens of distant countries, to one another. Smith holds up to the reader the beauty and cruelty of rural life, drawing from memories of his childhood on a family dairy farm in Illinois. In writing about the Midwest, Smith critiques the condescending idea of rural America as mere “flyover country,” while at the same time suggests that America herself has become a “flyover country,” carrying out drone strikes and surveillance abroad, locked in a state of perpetual war that its populace is weary of but seems helpless to stop.

Sinsinawa Mound Center
585 County Road Z
Sinsinawa, WI 53824