*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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