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November 13 @ 4:00 pm EST - 5:00 pm EST

Meeting Location:
  • In-Person
The Muse Writers Center
2200 Colonial Ave, Suite #3
Norfolk, VA 23517 United States

Kindra McDonald Book Launch and Q&A

Join The Muse Writers Center for a reading by Kindra McDonald from her new poetry collection, Teaching a Wild Thing. After the reading, there will be a Q&A and book signing. This event will be held in person at The Muse and copies of the book will be available for purchase.  See the Muse’s current Covid-19 policies.

“Does it sometimes feel like we’re walking in the museum of our future demise? A world burning or flooding, skies raging with storms; our days, rooms lined with the teeth, tusks, and plumage of creatures who like us are trying to make their way. Against this, how could a leaf be made more tender? Kindra McDonald is not the kind of poet who offers platitudes. But these poems give us everything, flawed or glistening—all kinds of wild things who live and die or are brought back from the brink. Read these poems like you’d pick figs in summer: for the reverse blossom, and the gardens inside each one.”

—Luisa A. Igloria, author of Maps for Migrants and Ghosts; Poet Laureate of Virginia, Emerita


About the book:

Teaching a Wild Thing is a journey through healing and exploration of the intersection of the human and natural world amidst disaster and darkness while always looking for hope and beauty in the wildness of the landscape, be it urban or woods.

About the Author: 

Kindra McDonald is the author of the collections Teaching a Wild Thing, Fossils and In the Meat Years and the chapbooks “Concealed Weapons” and “Elements and Briars.” She was the recipient of the 2020 Haunted Waters Press Poetry Award. She received her MFA from Queens University of Charlotte in 2010 and served as the Poetry Society of Virginia Southeastern region Vice President from 2019-2022. You can find her in the woods or at


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