Western Michigan University
1903 West Michigan Avenue, Kalamazoo, MI 49008
Great news for all you wonderful Midwesterners! Three Rooms Press’s own Richard Katrovas will be reading from his fantastic collection of essays, Raising Girls in Bohemia as part of Western Michigan University’s Gwen Frostic Reading Series.
The Gwen Frostic Reading Series presents acclaimed creative writers from across the nation and beyond. Every year, a diverse range of readings that encompasses poetry, fiction, nonfiction, and drama attract both campus and off-campus audiences.
Western Michigan University Bernhard Center, 208-209
“RAISING GIRLS IN BOHEMIA is a brave meditation on the hazards and fleeting forms of happiness available to a navigator of two divergent cultures. The American poet and prose writer Richard Katrovas explores the fallout from his doomed marriage to a Czech woman, and in the process addresses his own complicated inheritance-—the ways in which his father’s long-term imprisonment shaped his childhood; his fierce love for his three daughters and inability to protect them from heartbreak; the difficulty he finds in entering into another language and life. In these wide-ranging essays, Katrovas examines the nature of freedom, the artist’s role in society, and the impossibility of ever really knowing someone, all with wit and wisdom. This is a wonderful collection.” –Christopher Merrill, The Tree of the Doves: Ceremony, Expedition, War
“The freshly written, deeply felt essays in RAISING GIRLS IN BOHEMIA, were fascinating when first published individually in literary magazines. Richard Katrovas vividly conveys the complexity of the relationship between a father and his bilingual daughters who are being raised as citizens of two very different cultures. But to read these essays together adds a welcome sense of an overarching narrative, and dials the level of complexity higher still. The result is a vital, one-of-a-kind book” –Stuart Dybek, I Sailed with Magellen