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Tess Gallagher with Gary Copeland Lilley, Is, Is Not - Poetry and live music!

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Sat, 11/16/2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1200 11th St
Bellingham, WA 98225-7015

*Join us for this FREE Lit Live! event -- meet the author and get your book signed!*

Join us in the Readings Gallery as we welcome Tess Gallagher back to Village Books! She'll be joined by fellow poet and musician, Gary Copeland Lilley who will read and perform music.

Tess Gallagher’s Is, Is Not reverberates with the inward clarity of a bell struck on a mountaintop and hovers daringly at the threshold of what language can deliver. Guided by humor, grace, and a deep inquiry into the natural world, every poem nudges us toward moments of awe. How else except by delight and velocity would we discover the miracle within the ordinary? Gallagher claims many Wests—the Northwest of America, the Northwest of Ireland, and a West even further to the edge, beyond the physical. 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.

Tess Gallagher is the author of eleven books of poetry, including Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Dear Ghosts, and Moon Crossing Bridge. Gallagher spends time in county Sligo, Ireland, and also in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.

Gary Copeland Lilley is the author of eight books of poetry, the most recent being The Bushman's Medicine Show, from Lost Horse Press (2017), and a chapbook, The Hog Killing, from Blue Horse Press (2018). He is originally from North Carolina and has lived in the Pacific Northwest the past nine years. He has received the Washington DC Commission on the Arts Fellowship for Poetry. He is also a musician who plays original songs as well old-time gospel, blues, and Americana music. Lilley teaches creative writing at various venues, including the Port Townsend Writers Conference, Hugo House, and the Writers’ Workshoppe. He is published in numerous anthologies and journals, including Best American Poetry 2014, Willow Springs, The Swamp, Waxwing, the Taos International Journal of Poetry, and the African American Review. He is a Cave Canem Fellow.

This event is part of the Nature of Writing Series run in partnership with the North Cascades Institute.

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Is, Is Not: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555978419
Availability: Not in-stock currently- expect arrival in 1-14 business days
Published: Graywolf Press - May 7th, 2019

Midnight Lantern: New & Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781852249342
Availability: ***LIKELY UNAVAILABLE- Call Store for Details***
Published: Bloodaxe Books - March 1st, 2012

Dear Ghosts,: Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555974930
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Graywolf Press - March 4th, 2008

Moon Crossing Bridge Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555971755
Availability: ***LIKELY UNAVAILABLE- Call Store for Details***
Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 1992

Amplitude: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781555971106
Availability: ***LIKELY UNAVAILABLE- Call Store for Details***
Published: Graywolf Press - September 1st, 1988

Portable Kisses Cover Image
ISBN: 9781852243654
Availability: ***LIKELY UNAVAILABLE- Call Store for Details***
Published: Bloodaxe Books - December 1st, 1996

At the Owl Woman Saloon: Stories Cover Image
ISBN: 9780684847566
Availability: ***LIKELY UNAVAILABLE- Call Store for Details***
Published: Scribner Book Company - August 1st, 1999

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