Laura Mullen

"In her eighth poetry collection, which nudges the edge of memoir, Mullen excavates the past in the context of exploring the intricate relationships among experience, memory, and expression. For Mullen, “memory makes us each our own guest/(g)host,” and, in focusing on narratives that resist psychological resolution, she deploys an array of literary techniques to reveal the myriad troubled ways we inhabit our selves."
--Publishers Weekly
“Enduring Freedom [is] a galloping great read, a page-turner, and dazzles with linguistic mischief and wit... I am thrilled by it.”
----Hazel White
Murmur collects an astonishing array of stories into language as a terra incognita occasioning the uncanny and always troubled confluence of the subject, the bodies it inhabits and the linguistic remainder. Mullen animates narrative at the level of its basic semantic pulse. Never since Beckett has the unnamed been so chilling...”

--Steve McCaffery
"Solid and brave and relentlessly inventive."
--Cal Bedient
"A brilliant, utterly original, fully realized work that wickedly out-tropes horror's cliches and devices.... wonderfully immediate, making an exaggerated, rollicking introduction to many of the pre-occupations, rhetorics and methods of experimental poetry."
--Publishers Weekly
"There's a rigor and intensity in Mullen's search for truth that often take her to breathtaking lengths." --C.K. Williams // "Accuracy of spirit and ferocity of intelligence prevail...This is thrilling and exacting work." --Jorie Graham
"Laura Mullen proceeds from near void into a powerful reconstruction of self…After I Was Dead is wildly versatile formally, restlessly roving from verse to prose to epistle and back."—Boston Review



Laura, now a tropical storm, is continuing to move north far away from any land and will likely become a fierce north Atlantic extratropical storm over the next several days.

Originally classified as a subtropical, or "hybrid," system when it formed Monday, the system has shown much more pronounced tropical characteristics this morning, even though it is moving over much cooler waters than 24 hours. The continued movement northward over even colder water will speed up its transition from tropical to non-tropical over the next 12 to 24 hours.

Laura formed in a highly unusual place. While recent sea-surface analysis indicates that water temperatures are warm enough to maintain this system, it is unusually far north. As a point of reference, the system formed due east of Washington, D.C., at a latitude which water temperature typically fail to reach the 80-degree threshold needed by tropical storms.

WeatherBug Meteorologist Steve Prinzivalli has the latest in this exclusive WeatherBug Tropical Weather Outlook.

As of 11 a.m. EDT, Tropical Storm Laura was located near 41.2 N, 48.8 W. This places the storm 435 miles south-southeast of Cape Race, NewFoundland, Canada, or 1,315 miles east of New York City.

Tropical Storm Laura is moving north at 13 mph. A turn to the north-northeast along with an increase in forward speed is expected over the next couple of days.

Maximum sustained winds are near 60 mph and gradual weakening of the storm is likely in the next few days.

The estimated minimum central pressure is 996 mb or 29.41 inches of mercury. Laura is not forecast to impact any land areas, and will lose its tropical characteristics as it moves into the cooler north Atlantic waters on Wednesday. It could cause problems over the British Isle by the weekend, as a gale-force non-tropical storm.

In addition, a weak surface low pressure center in the eastern Gulf of Mexico is being watched as well. The activity is expected to spread over Florida through midweek. Right now, this area has very low potential to develop into a tropical depression.

WeatherBug Meteorologists will continue to watch Tropical Storm Laura and the remainder of the tropics, and will provide updates as needed.

MLA 2013



EVENT horizon

Reading: University of Santa Cruz Feb 16, Brown, Feb 28...


Stetson Low Res MFA (Atlantic Center for the Arts)


a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed
flashes through the arc of our desire to communicate and connect. Cast in six continuous movements, the work enacts the transitions in our relationship to language over the course of a lifetime: from our first awareness of sounds (subSong), to the promise offered by the mastery of skills needed in order to reach out to others (Dawn), and on to the joy in connection. As the chorus builds meaning from phonemes, a large battery of percussion buttresses and provides context, engaging the materials of our means of communication as instruments (Letters). a Sound uttered, a Silence crossed ends with multiple confrontations with the limits of language at the boundaries of understanding and life itself (Babel). Here questions about the entanglement of sound and sense are translated or exposed as questions about body and spirit (Dusk). The libretto is drawn from writings by chorus members and others, as well as letters, instructional manuals, and lyrics created for this occasion. The audience is invited to participate in the process of connection with their cellphones, prompted by supertitles, in a space haunted by previous attempts to reach out to those we’ve loved (openSong).



Trash Bride at Naropa, summer 2011

October 17th, 2015