A Night of New Poetry

Gregory W. Randall and Abe Louise Young will read from their latest poetry collections.

There will be a reading and a book signing with light refreshments.

On Abe Louise:

Praise for Abe Louise's "Heaven to Me"
"These poems are lush, melodious, striking. Abe Louise Young isn't afraid to be brash, to be soft, to be big, to be the one to tell the queer kids to keep living. This is a potent and necessary collection."
— Amy King, author of The Missing Museum (Tarpulin Sky Book Prize) and I Want to Make You Safe

"You’ll want to let these poems close, so close you feel on your face their “heavy / secret breathing.” 
— Carrie Fountain, author of Burn Lake (National Poetry Series) and Instant Winner

On Gregory W. Randall:

"These are poems of disruption, love and connecting: a step-daughter in medical crisis; a granddaughter dappling the days to discover her "me-ness"; a mother/wife overwhelmed, and the poet stepping in to take his place in these certain and uncertain lives. How does one handle the great vulnerabilities? As well as we can. Randall gives you the sweep of his heart, his pain, and his steady attention as he gathers all these women, and you, into his embrace. These poems speak to such times as we all have or may face. They are beautifully written, powerful, and expanding."
--CB Follett, author of And Freddie Was My Darling

"Gregory W. Randall is a poet with the rare gift of being able to fuse intellect with passion and vulnerability. These smart, tender, harrowing poems explore what happens within an extended family when a young married daughter, herself a mother of a young daughter, suffers a major stroke. You will cherish this book for its compassionate concern and for its many moments of transcendence."
--Susan Terris, author of Contrariwise

"In Uncommon Refrains, Greg Randall traces a generational triad of domestic devotions: to a wife, to the wife's seriously ill adult daughter, and to that daughter's vivid young daughter. Amid facts of bodily wreckage and the unrelenting pressure of an uncertain future, the poet writes, "I grab your sleeve, hold / onto you tenuous as a kite." These poems embody "refrain" both in their lush musicality and by means of their restraint, unfolding a tensile delicacy, the sensory terrain of language itself."
--Christina Hutchins, author of The Stranger Dissolves

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Gregory W. Randall and Abe Louise Young will read from their latest poetry collections.

There will be an author talk and a book signing with light refreshments.

Event date: 

Friday, September 30, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm

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Heaven to Me Cover Image
ISBN: 9780692604748
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Headmistress Press - February 4th, 2016

DoubleHappiness Cover Image
ISBN: 9780986113468
Availability: Special Order
Published: Conflux Press - January 31st, 2016

"Double Happiness" is a tale of myth-making and transformations.