Devin Johnston and Graham Foust

Nov. 11, 7-9 p.m., Counterpath featured Flood Editions, a publisher of poetry and fiction started in 2001 and run by Devin Johnston and Michael O’Leary. Flood author Graham Foust also read, as well as publisher Devin Johnston (in what we’ve been told is the Australian style).

Graham Foust has written four full-length collections of poetry: As in Every Deafness (Flood Editions, 2003), Leave the Room to Itself (Ahsahta Press, 2004), Necessary Stranger (Flood Editions, 2007), and A Mouth in California (Flood Editions, 2009). Foust’s work was also chosen by Robert Creeley for the Beyond Arcadia issue of Conjunctions. Three of Foust’s poems were also featured in the winter 2009 (volume 43, issue 1) edition of The Laurel Review: The Only Poem, Promotional, and Frost at Midnight. David Pavelich believes Foust’s poetry to be “a unique blend of whisper and raw humor, darkness and economy of thought.”

Devin Johnston is the author of several collections of poetry, including Sources (2008), a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Aversions (2004), and Telepathy (2001). His prose writing includes the critical study Precipitations: Contemporary American Poetry as Occult Practice (2002) and Creaturely and Other Essays (2009). A former poetry editor for the Chicago Review from 1995–2000, Johnston co-founded, and co-edits, Flood Editions with Michael O’Leary. He lives in St. Louis and teaches at Saint Louis University.