Alissa Quart: Thoughts and Prayers (With Zephyr Teachout)

Thursday September 19: 7:00PM 8:00PM

Buy a copy of Thoughts and Prayers or a $15 gift card in-store to attend. This event will take place in the 3rd floor Rare Book Room, accessable via our entrance at 826 Broadway. 

Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.

Writer Alissa Quart is interviewed by Zephyr Teachout on her new collection of political poetry titled, Thoughts and Prayers.

Thoughts and Prayers is a beautiful and startling volume of poetry about our political existence. With both humor and luminosity, it gets at the personal and collective emotional experience of American public life, from the 1970s to the 1990s Democrats, through the collapse of the news industry, to the burlesque Trump era.

Join us in the Rare Book Room as Alissa discusses her new book with Zephyr Teachout


Alissa Quart is the Executive Director of the Economic Hardship Reporting Project. In addition to Thoughts and Prayers (OR Books), she is also the author of the acclaimed poetry book Monetized (2014, Miami University Press). Her poems have appeared in Granta, The Nation and the London Review of Books among other publications. She is also a journalist: her four non-fiction books include Squeezed: Why Our Families Can’t Afford America (2018, Ecco/HarperCollins) and Branded: The Buying and Selling of Teenagers. She writes frequently for The New York Times and The Guardian, among many other venues. Her documentary producing work includes "Jackson," which won a 2018 Emmy.

Zephyr Teachout is an Associate Law Professor and has taught at Fordham Law School since 2009. She grew up in Vermont and received her BA from Yale in English and attended Duke Law School. She was a death penalty defense lawyer at the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in North Carolina, and co-founded a non-profit dedicated to providing trial experience to new law school graduates. She is known for her pioneering work in internet organizing, and was the first national Director of the Sunlight Foundation. She has written dozens of law review articles and essays and two books. Her book, Corruption in America: From Benjamin Franklin's Snuff Box to Citizens United was published by Harvard University Press in 2014.

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