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Chris Tonelli: Whatever Stasis

When: Sat., June 16, 7 p.m. 2018

One of the hard things about being an arts editor in a market this size is avoiding the appearance of conflicts of interest. If you're doing your job, the arts scene is your whole world, social as well as professional, and as your friend list grows, the number of people you can write about shrinks. But once in awhile, it's a slow week in local readings, and your friend's event easily clears the bar for notability, and you don't know anyone who could write about him who isn't his friend (because, poetry). Why should Chris Tonelli be penalized for palling around with a newspaper editor? That's punishment enough already. Tonelli is a founding editor of poetry press Birds, LLC; the co-owner of Raleigh shop So & So Books; and the organizer of the long-running So & So Reading Series. The funny, sarcastic, weirdly poignant miniatures in his latest book, Whatever Stasis (Barrelhouse), are peak Tonelli, and at this release party, ringers like Sampson Starkweather, Lauren Hunter, and Jessica Q. Stark join him. I say this as a reader and a fan, but also as a friend, so season this recommendation with grains of salt to your taste. —Brian Howe

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