Avid Bookshop presents Shamala Gallagher for her book, Late Morning When the World Burns, and Colette Arrand for her book, The Future Is Here and Everything Must Be Destroyed. This event will take place on Friday, May 24, 2019, from 6:30-7:30pm at our Prince Avenue location and is free and open to the public. We encourage you to purchase copies of the books to get them signed by the authors!
You can purchase the event books online from Avid Bookshop here:
ABOUT THE BOOKS:
Late Morning When the World Burns: "To enter these poems is to step into a baroque architecture whose ceiling has come down, dismantled in fragments and glittering dust. Look up, says the poet, to see the night these poems expose: 'In every black there is / violet. I am speaking to you, // violet. When you come to the / precipice of your life and sit / in the dark.' Here is the vertiginous danger and lure of the edge that marks the work of Gallagher. Her lines create a vibratory music between the austere and the rich excess of a night that can dampen our 'late morning' in this city aflame. Notice, she says, 'how the mouths of us grow large' to take in such a nectar." -Carolina Ebeid
The Future Is Here and Everything Must Be Destroyed: A chapbook exploring apocalyptic themes through the lenses of film and music. "I love Colette Arrand's poetry; it makes me feel close to George Michael again, makes me understand my own childhood better, and Star Trek too, which is important because Star Trek and transition are the only things that let the future make any sense to me. 'As white boys often find themselves in Seattle' is a sentence that lives permanently in my brain now." -Daniel Ortberg
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Shamala Gallagher is a poet and essayist. Her recent work appears in Poetry, Poetry Northwest, Gulf Coast, Black Warrior Review, The Missouri Review, Verse Daily among other journals, as well as in the anthologies Completely Mixed Up: Mixed Heritage Asian North American Writing and Art (2015) and BETTERING AMERICAN POETRY VOL. 2 (2018). Her chapbook I Learned the Language of Barbs and Sparks No One Spoke was published by dancing girl press in 2015. She holds a BA from Stanford University and an MFA from the Michener Center for Writers at the University of Texas-Austin, and she has received fellowships from Kundiman, Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, Vermont Studio Center, and the New York State Summer Writers Institute.
Shamala grew up in an Indian/Irish American family in a predominantly Asian American community of San Jose, California. She has worked as a case manager for homeless families in San Francisco and for HIV+ individuals in Austin, TX. She has volunteered and worked in several domestic violence shelters, and she has taught writing workshops in public schools and community centers. She currently teaches creative and critical writing at the University of Georgia in Athens, where she's pursuing a PhD in English.
Colette Arrand is a transsexual poet living in Athens, Georgia. She is the author of The Future Is Here and Everything Must Be Destroyed and Hold Me Gorilla Monsoon. She is the founding editor of The Wanderer and publishes zines, podcasts, and other things under the Fear of a Ghost Planet label.