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Jackson Burgess - Poetry & Music

Poetry Reading/Spoken Word

Join us for an evening with poet Jackson Burgess, author of the new book Atrophy, along with special musical guests Mortimer and Jessie Branch. Burgess is a nationally touring poet whose writing explores depression, empathy, loneliness, love and substance abuse. Noted poet David St. John, a National Book Award nominee for poetry, says, “Jackson Burgess is the most dazzling, urgently urban and unfailingly inventive young chronicler of lost highways and avenues of broken dreams since the early poems of Denis Johnson and the ballads of Tom Waits.” Mortimer is the solo project of Skyler Garn, a graduate of USC's Contemporary Music Program. As Mortimer, Skyler performs high-energy yet introspective songs that combine classic rock roots with synth pop and indie rock. Jessie Branch is the vocalist, songwriter and guitarist for the Olympia-based band Erina. Her music centers around ethereal yet powerful vocals, and explores themes relating to life, death, love, and dreams.