Author Event: Poetry reading with Sarah Levine - "Each Knuckle with Sugar"

Event date: 
04/09/2024 - 7:00pm

April is National Poetry Month and Wellesley Books will be hosting events throughout the month! On this night, we welcome Wellesley native Sarah Levine to discuss her collection Each Knuckle with Sugar.

This is a free event but we request that you RSVP. You can do so with the link below (no fees) or by calling us at 781-431-1160 during store hours (also no fees). 

You can add a purchase of the author's book onto your RSVP. Copies will also be available for purchase at the event. Please note that you must purchase your copy of the book from Wellesley Books in order to have the author sign it at the event. 

If you are unable to attend the event but would still like to buy the book, you can do so by scrolling down. Just remember that buying the book is not the same as an RSVP.



Sarah Levine’s Each Knuckle with Sugar is a soft yet powerful deep-dive into love and grief told through multiple fascinating perspectives.

"I love this book. […] Look, some of its tanginess may leap off the page and startle your fingers. Some of its honey may stick to your knuckles. Let it." —Chen Chen, author of Your Emergency Contact Has Experienced an Emergency

"Sarah Levine’s award-winning debut collection introduces us to Herman and Begonia, two people who embark on a love affair as they try to find a way out of a landscape stripped bare by loneliness and grief. There is a strangeness, an intensity, a blurring of the real and the surreal that makes this tale of love and loss intimate and authentic. Levine has a strong command of the image, metaphor and simile, that renders these poems vivid and dreamlike. If there is grief, there is also humor: Herman’s lists of questions to ask Begonia on their dates are original, to say the least. As they speak in turn, in their fragmented voices, Herman and Begonia become achingly human, their need for love and their thwarted attempts at salvation all too familiar." —Martín Espada, author of Floaters, National Book Award Winner



Sarah Levine is a Pushcart Prize nominee and author of two chapbooks, Take Me Home, a finalist for the New Women’s Voices Chapbook Competition (Finishing Line Press, 2020) and Her Man (New Megaphone Press, 2014). Her work has appeared in Passages North, Best New Poets anthology, Green Mountains Review, and The Paris American among other publications. She earned her MFA from Sarah Lawrence College, MAT from Smith College, and BA from UMASS Amherst Honors College. Levine is a 2023-2024 Teachers for Global Classrooms Fulbright fellow and teaches 7th Grade ELA and 12th Grade AP Literature at Williston Northampton School where she currently holds the Richard C. Gregory Endowed Chair. Each Knuckle with Sugar won the Driftwood Press Open Reading Contest and is her debut collection.


Each Knuckle with Sugar By Sarah Levine, Jerrod Schwarz (Editor) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781949065305
Availability: On our shelves now.
Published: Driftwood Press - February 6th, 2024

Event address: 
Wellesley Books
82 Central St
Wellesley, MA 02482-5714