Book launch for Make/Shift, by Joe Sacksteder at SARABANDE BOOKS

On Saturday, June 8, 2019, at KMAC, Sarabande and Linda Bruckheimer will host a book launch for Make/Shift, by Joe Sacksteder, the latest title in the Linda Bruckheimer Series in Kentucky Literature.

The night will include remarks by Linda Bruckheimer, a reading and book signing with author Joe Sacksteder, artist Andrea Hansen’s KMAC Couture “Make/Shift” gown, wine and snacks catered by local chefs, and a Sarabande 25th Anniversary red-carpet photo station. Event runs from 7:00 – 9:00 PM. Ticket link and more info are available here.

Sarabande Books, a nationally-distributed, independent literary press located in Louisville, is proudly celebrating its 25th Anniversary year of championing poetry, short fiction, and essay. Each year since 2005, thanks to the continued generosity of Linda Bruckheimer, Sarabande selects and publishes one work of Kentucky literature. The most recent book in this series is Louisville-born Joe Sacksteder’s short story collection Make/Shift, which Melanie Rae Thon calls, “subversive, provocative, and piercingly poignant.”

In celebration of Kentucky and its many arts communities, Sarabande partnered with local designer Andrea Hansen to create (and model) a couture gown made from Make/Shift and its binding materials, and this gown was featured in KMAC Couture 2019. What’s remarkable about Hansen’s work is her great skill with nontraditional textiles, but also her engagement with the text itself.  The skirt portion of the gown comprises thousands of book pages-turned-feathers, and beyond simply utilizing the pages as material, Hansen created hundreds of erasure poems from the text itself. These poems serve not only as visual accent feathers, but they excavate new meaning and possibilities from the original stories.

Don’t miss out on an evening of literature, couture, food, wine, and most of all, a celebration of Kentucky and its creatives!


More information provided below. For questions or additional information, contact director of marketing and publicity, Joanna Englert. 502.458.4028.

More on Make/Shift and Joe Sacksteder:

The stories of Make/Shift strike at the minor chords of human emotion, and yet are

hyper-inventive in structures abuzz with playful language. In one story, a grieving mother finds herself ensnared in an intermezzo by Brahms, the story told via the structure of that intermezzo. Sacksteder writes, Dolce, she thought as she reached a repeat sign near the end of the piece that sent her back to the first page. Dolce as skid marks—spiked—somersault,” the final phrase haunting the end of each movement, slightly different each time. The artistic heritage of Make/Shift is also far-reaching, pulling from influences like David Lynch, Nick Cave, Werner Herzog, and Muriel Rukeyser. Laura Kasischke writes, “The collection will resonate as deeply with traditionalists. . . as it will those desperate for the newest forms, wildest visions, and the riskiest and most successful experimentations.” 

Joe Sacksteder is a PhD candidate in Creative Writing and Literature at the University of Utah. Fugitive Traces, his album of Werner Herzog audio collages, is available from Punctum Books. His writing has appeared in Denver QuarterlyFlorida ReviewThe Literary ReviewPassages NorthHobart, The Rumpus, and elsewhere. He is currently a visiting instructor at Interlochen Arts Academy in Michigan.

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More on Andrea Hansen:

Andrea Hansen is a self-taught designer and artist from Louisville, KY. Hansen began her design career in custom bridal gowns, and has recently been featured in Kentucky Bride Magazine. Deciding to branch out into the art world while still maintaining her designing core, Hansen had a design featured in the 2018 KMAC Couture show and later featured in the KMAC exhibit. Hansen is currently building her wedding design business, Evoke Weddings, as well as working on personal art projects. Hansen writes, “I find most of my inspiration with patterns and colors in nature. Being an incredibly emotional person, I try to use my art and designs as way to convey emotion and use that as a driving force behind most of my work.”

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