Happy Release Day!


If you’re a member of the Rumpus Poetry Book Club (and if you aren’t, here you go), then you should have received your copy of Leigh Stein’s Dispatch From the Future weeks ago. If, however, you are among the unfortunate people who had to actually wait for the book’s official release, then today is your day.

To help you enjoy this day, I offer two videos. The first is the official trailer, featuring Leigh reading one of her poems with animation provided by Jorge Colombo.

Dispatch from the Future from Melville House on Vimeo.

The second is of me reading one of Leigh’s poems in front of the Soldiers’ and Sailors’ Monument on the grounds of the Iowa State Capitol in Des Moines. (Yes, that’s an actual public monument.) This is part of our new “Where I’m Reading” series.


Brian Spears is Senior Poetry Editor of The Rumpus and the author of A Witness in Exile (Louisiana Literature Press, 2011). His poem “Upon Reading That Andromeda Will One Day Devour Triangulum and Come For Us Next” was featured in Season 9 of Motion Poems. More from this author →