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Patrick Milian: The Unquiet Country
Patrick Milian: The Unquiet Country

Fri, Apr 05


Salt Lake City

Patrick Milian: The Unquiet Country

Join us in the Umbrella Cafe for a reading with USU Scholar in Residence Patrick Milan.

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Time & Location

Apr 05, 2024, 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

Salt Lake City, 511 W 200 S Suite 120, Salt Lake City, UT 84101, USA

About the Event

Join us in person for a poetry reading with Patrick Milian, Scholar in Residence at Utah State University. Patrick will be reading from his hybrid debut The Unquiet Country.

Patrick will be joined by fellow local poet and USU professor, CR Grimmer.

This event will be hosted in the Umbrella Cafe at Under the Umbrella Bookstore dowtown SLC.

About The Unquiet Country

In this hybrid debut, Patrick Milian explores the lives of Nadia Boulanger (1887–1979), arguably the most important composition pedagogue of the twentieth century, and her sister Lili Boulanger (1893 –1918), a brilliant composer who died young. Revealing his status as HIV+, he eruditely considers camp, the femme fragile, and the transformative nature of illness as the lives of these remarkable sisters and their music intertwine with his own history and voice.

About Patrick Milian

Patrick Milian (he/him) is the author of The Unquiet Country from Entre Ríos Books and the chapbook Pornographies from Greying Ghost. He holds an MFA and a PhD from the University of Washington, where he was also a Joff Hanauer Fellow at the Simpson Center for the Humanities. His work has recently appeared in Poetry Magazine, Denver Quarterly, Mid-American Review, Gulf Coast, and elsewhere. His musical collaborations have been performed across the country by ensembles like Line Upon Line Percussion and Northwest Art Song. His works with composer Emerson Eads, including the American Prize finalist song cycle The Gleaners, are published through Northstar Music. He's tenured faculty at Green River College where he teaches the Australia and Aotearoa study abroad program.

About CR Grimmer

CR Grimmer (they/them or she/her) is an Assistant Professor of Poetry at Utah State University. Their books include The Lyme Letters (Texas Tech University Press) O–(ezekiel's wife) (GASHER Journal and Press), and The Poetry Vlog: Critical Edition (forthcoming from University of Michigan Press). They created and host teaching series such as The Poetry Vlog (TPV), and have poems and research in in journals such as Poetry Magazine, Prairie Schooner, FENCE Magazine, and The Comparatist. They have taught in higher education for over 13 years.


Masks are required to enter the store. Air purifiers will also be running for the duration.

Under the Umbrella Bookstore and cafe is an ADA compliant venue. The event space is accessible via all entrances and has a wheelchair accessible, single stall gender neutral bathroom.

ASL interpretation is available for this event by request. Please reach out to our events team at by 3/22 to request.

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