Join us for a virtual evening of poetry with Susanna Lang, Jennifer Grant, and Christina Lovin on Friday, October 30th at 6:30 PM CDT.
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Delphi IX is 3 lovely poetry chapbooks bound together in one volume as part of Blue Lyra Press' ongoing Delphi series.
Self-Portraits by Susanna Lang
These poems grew out of conversations with women artists at the Hambidge Creative Residency Center. These poems celebrate women’s art, and open a virtual gallery of works that especially move the poet. Beyond that celebration, she wanted to explore the ways in which women’s art, even when it is not literally a portrait of our bodies or a retelling of our lives, becomes the way in which we recreate ourselves. She is grateful to the women who are creating beauty every day, and especially to those who invited her into their shows and studios and conversations.
Susanna Lang’s third full-length collection, Travel Notes from the River Styx, was released in 2017. Her translation of Baalbek by Nohad Salameh is forthcoming in February 2021 from L’Atelier du Grand Tétras. Other collections include Tracing the Lines and Even Now. A two-time Hambidge fellow and a recipient of the Emerging Writers Fellowship from the Bethesda Writer’s Center, her poems and translations from the French have appeared in such publications as The Literary Review, American Life in Poetry and The Slowdown. She is currently teaching in the Creative Writing Department at The Chicago High School for the Arts. More information available at www.susannalang.com.
Year of Convergence by Jennifer Grant
Many of the cento type pieces in Jennifer Grant’s Year of Convergence fell together in the weeks and months following Poet Mary Oliver’s death and coincided with Grant’s son moving across the country to pursue his own creative writing dreams. It was a time of reflection concerning family, motherhood and the muddle of midlife.
Grant describes herself much of the time as a recovering journalist. She spent 15 years working as a writer and editor for newspapers and magazines (from the Big Easy to the Florida Everglades) before she realized she needed a simpler, more poetic life. She has been nominated for Best of ‘Net and Pushcart awards. Her first complete collection of poetry, Good Form (which moves through the alphabet of poetic form), was published in 2017. A tiny chapbook, Bronte Sisters and Beyond, followed in 2018.. Her latest lyric essay, The Hybridity of Fear, can be found in the fall issue of The Maine Review. Grant lives near The Swamp in Gainesville, FL.
God of Sparrows by Christina Lovin
God of Sparrows is, admittedly, full of darkness. There are “losses private and global, pains intimately felt and shared, crises of faith and crises of environment.” Yet brilliant ghosts find a new existence in these lines: a hawk flies on broken wings, brothers sleep together again in death, a grandmother’s grave reassures that there is a place for us after life. Even as “the watchful god of sparrows / and numbered hairs turns away,” and even “as you arrive / you are beginning to leave, cell by cell,” the poet admonishes to “be joyful, then.”
Christina Lovin's prose and poetry has appeared in over one hundred different literary journals and anthologies, as well as six volumes of poetry (God of Sparrows, Echo, A Stirring in the Dark, Flesh, Little Fires, and What We Burned for Warmth). She is the recipient of numerous poetry awards, writing residencies, fellowships, and grants, most notably the AWP Kurt Brown Scholarship, the Al Smith Fellowship from Kentucky Arts Council, Kentucky Foundation for Women Artist Enrichment Grants, and an Elizabeth George Foundation Grant.