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The Book

A debut, full-length poetry collection

Viable is memoir in verse. The book follows a mother through a miscarriage, difficult pregnancy, and postpartum depression.

The poems lean on Italian and English grammar and vocabulary, recipes and the natural world. Grief and physical pain follow the mother through the pregnancy, Caesarean section, recovery and early parenthood. She learns to navigate her new body and emotions as well as the growing relationship with her child."

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Chloe Yelena Miller

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

In Viable, Miller has crafted a measured, nuanced and poignant reading experience, using the eccentricities of English & Italian grammar to interrogate and express her journey through miscarriage to “a human / displacing yesterday’s empty space.”   As she moves from incomprehensible loss to cautious joy to debilitating anxiety, setting “muscular infinitives” alongside the tenuousness of the subjunctive, we feel how language does its aching work.

— Ellen Doré Watson, author of pray me stay eager

 
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The Music

Baby Book is an award-winning song cycle on miscarriage, pregnancy, and motherhood.

Lauren Spavelko

 
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Our Performers

We invite you to learn more about our wonderful performers and their collaborations, projects, and initiatives. Please click any of the buttons below to see what they're working on now!

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I. Objects

Lucie Chartin

Lucie is a French soprano currently working in Amsterdam. Recent roles include Morgana (Alcina), Madeline (Opera Melancholica) Cleoptra (Giulio Cesare), L'Amour (Orphée et Eurydice), and Ophélie (Hamlet).

She recently recorded "Back to Bach" with Collectif Trytone, which blends Baroque, Classical, and Jazz.

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Luba Podgayskaya

Luba is a Russian pianist and harpsichordist in Amsterdam. She currently works with many opera companies and projects, including Opera2Day, National Opera & Ballet, Hojotoho Operastudio, McCray Operastudio, The Royal Conservatoire Den Haag. She is also often invited to accompany auditions & masterclasses.

II. Children's Pool Game

Laurel Irene

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Mitsuko Morikawa

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III. Quickening

Jessica Spafford

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Lori Piitz

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IV. Great Aunt Dora

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Kimcherie Lloyd

Kimcherie Lloyd an Associate Professor, Director of Orchestral Studies, and Music Director of Opera Theater at the University of Louisville. She is interested in the historical perspective of women in classical music with a focus on leadership and conducting.

Natasha Lynn Foley

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V. Looking Out

Jennifer Sgroe

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Eric Sedgwick

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VI. Searching

Kathryn McKellar

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Julia Carey

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