Dara Barrois/Dixon's Extremely Expensive Mystical Experiences for Astronauts



Please join us for a poetry release party and reading with featured poets Dara Barrois/Dixon (formerly Dara Wier) and Bianca Stone at 5 p.m. on Sunday, April 28 at Antidote Books, 15 Putney Rd in Brattleboro, VT.  

This event is open to the public. No cover.

Dara Barrois/Dixon (née Dara Wier) is the author of Extremely Expensive Mystical Experiences for Astronauts (Conduit Books, 2024). Other titles include Tolstoy Killed Anna Karenina (Wave Books, 2022), In the Still of the Night (Wave Books, 2017), You Good Thing (Wave Books, 2014), Reverse Rapture (Verse Press, 2005), Hat on a Pond (Verse Press, 2002) and Voyages in English (Carnegie Mellon, 2001).  She has received awards from the Lannan Foundation, American Poetry Review, The Poetry Center Book Award, Guggenheim Foundation, National Endowment for the Arts and Massachusetts Cultural Council have generously supported her work. Limited editions include (X in Fix)(2003) from Rain Taxi’s brainstorm series), Thru (2019) and Two Poems (2021) from Scram, and forthcoming in 2022, Nine Poems from Incessant Pipe. With James Tate, she rescued The Lost Epic of Arthur Davidson Ficke, published by Waiting for Godot Books. Poems can be found in GrantaVoltConduit, Incessant PipeBiscuit Hillblushcan we have our ball backItinerantAmerican Poetry ReviewOctopusGulf Coast, and The Nation. She’s been poet-in-residence at the University of Montana, University of Texas Austin, Emory University, and the University of Utah; she was the 2005 Louis Rubin chair at Hollins University in Roanoke, Virginia.  She lives and works in factory hollow in Western Massachusetts.

Bianca Stone is the author of the poetry collections What is Otherwise Infinite (Tin House, 2022) which won the 2023 Vermont Book Award in Poetry; The Möbius Strip Club of Grief (Tin House, 2018), Someone Else’s Wedding Vows (Octopus Books and Tin House, 2014) and collaborated with Anne Carson on the illuminated version of Antigonick (New Directions, 2012). Her work has appeared in many magazines, including The New YorkerThe Atlantic and The Nation. She teaches classes on poetry and poetic study at the Ruth Stone House (501c3) where she is editor-at-large for ITERANT magazine and host of Ode & Psyche Podcast.