Tess Gallagher will launch her newest collection of poetry, Is, Is Not (Graywolf Press) with two readings in her hometown or Port Angeles. The first will be a Studium Generale presentation, May 9 at 12:35 pm in the Peninsula College Little Theater, and the second is slated for May 10, at 7:00 pm in the Raymond Carver Room of the Port Angeles Public Library. Both readings are co-sponsored with Port Book and News & the Foothills Writers Series.
Gallagher has served as Writer in Residence at Peninsula College, and generously contributes to the teaching and learning of literature, arts, and humanities on the campus through her class visits, and collaborations with other poets and artists. She is the author of 11 books of poetry, including Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Dear Ghosts, and Moon Crossing Bridge. She spends time in county Sligo, Ireland, and also in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.
“Gallagher claims many Wests—the Northwest of America, the Northwest of Ireland, and a West even further to the edge, beyond the physical,” according to the Graywolf Press website. “These landscapes are charged with invisible energies and inhabited by the people, living and dead, who shape Gallagher’s poems and life. Restorative in every sense, Is, Is Not is the kind of book that takes a lifetime to write—a book of the spirit made manifest by Gallagher’s unrelenting gaze and her intimate engagement with the mysteries that keep us reaching.”
Graywolf Press, founded in 1974, shares a long history with Gallagher. Her 1976 collection Instructions to the Double was Graywolf’s first full-length, single author collection, and Is, Is Not is her eleventh book with the press. Copies of her latest collection will be available during book signings at both events.
Both readings are free and open to the public.
For more information contact Dr. Kate Reavey at email@example.com.