Relative Traumas Book Release: Performances and Readings by Nadia Garofalo (author) and Bill Mackay

March 11, 2022, 6:30 pm

In person & online, please bring vax cards for entry

Come join us for an intimate book release event for 'Relative Traumas’ The debut poetry collection by Nadia Garofalo. Nadia is a local musician and poet, she is a member of the local band Ganser (vocals and keyboard) and has been working on putting together this collection of her personal work over the past few years.

Nadia will be reading some selected poems from her book. We are very excited to also have local songwriter, musician and poet Bill MacKay performing and reading some of his amazing work as well. 

The event will begin promptly at 7pm, proof of vaccination is required to attend.

About Relative Traumas: 

"Nadia Garofalo is a throwback to the days of Byron and all who felt deeply, intensely, piercingly. As a songwriter, Garofalo has the precision of a wordsmith - she knows how to infiltrate the soul and will rend your emotions with her refrain. This debut collection of poetry examines the exquisite pain of chasing your dreams throughout the years, and storing within your blood the urgent need to live passionately. Her writing is raw, edgy, and unapologetic, with a tendency to revive the reader in the way that one is revived by putting their hands in cool water. When you consider your life, imagining the ancestors before you who immigrated and brought their cultures with them, you forge memories without end. Garofalo condenses these types of observations alongside the humming piques of desire and complex relationships. Her confessional words might as well be sung for all the power they possess, imploring to the void for more. There is such a stirring rendition of urgent living here that it quickens the pulse, stirs what was once thought long dead, and awakens us to the potency that is poetry.”


Nadia Garofalo is a writer, musician and artist working in various mediums with little discipline in any of them. She is a resident of Chicago and reluctantly admits to
her upbringing in the scenic hills of western Mass. The daughter of immigrants she is intensely proud of her Italian/Jewish heritage and draws from that history often in her work. She studied interior architecture and scenic design atThe School Of The Art Institute Of Chicago and currently uses almost none of those skills working with props for tv and film. An active part of the thriving Chicago music scene she is a founding member of the post-punk band, Ganser. Her writing has been published by Indie Blu(e) in their anthologies Smitten: This is What Love Looks Like and As The World Burns as well as by TheWhisper AndThe Roar writing collective.

Bill MacKay is a Chicago-based composer, improvisor, guitarist and writer. He has created an extensive body of original work, while energizing the folk, avant-garde, and experimental diaspora. 

MacKay’s blissful harmonic control and outside-the-box guitar mastery are one with his compelling songwriting, and his creative voyage and imaginative influences are fully displayed across his discography. 

His recent records of note include: Keys (Drag City, 2021) with Nathan Bowles, Scarf (Drag City, 2020), STIR (Drag City, 2019) with Katinka Kleijn, Fountain Fire (Drag City, 2019), and Esker (Drag City, 2017).