Poetry Reading

Brad Richard - MOTION STUDIES

Event date: 

Thursday, February 10, 2011 - 6:00pm

Event address: 

513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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The poems in Brad Richard’s extraordinary new collection Motion Studies are lush and lyrical, passionate and elegant. This collection offers a range of forms, from the ekphrastic to the documentary to the confessional. Whether writing from the perspective of Thomas Eakins or describing his father’s art studio in the flooded ruins of New Orleans, Richard unflinchingly observes the world. This is a book about vision, about what it truly means to see.
-Nicole Cooley

Please join us for a poetry reading and signing with Brad Richard celebrating the release of his new collection of poems, MOTION STUDIES, winner of the 2010 Washington Prize from The Word Works.

MOTION STUDIES impressed the judges with its blend of the personal and the historical. His explorations of art and time lead Matthew Dickman to observe, “From the broken spaces of our cities, bodies, and hearts, Brad Richard has come to mend. Here is a poet of exacting lyricism and refreshing voice. Mr. Richard is a healer. He doesn’t lift the scalpel of irony but instead leads us to the curative waters of our own human experience.”

Investigating past and present in poems of memory and loss, MOTION STUDIES takes us from daguerreotypes of the 19th century and the work of painter Thomas Eakins to post-Katrina New Orleans. Scholarly and yeasty, forceful and kind, MOTION STUDIES reunites the broken and the silenced with the living and hopeful.

 

Brad Richard is the chair of the creative writing program at Lusher Charter High School in New Orleans. His previous book of poems, Habitations, was published by Portals Press in 2000, and since then Lowlands Press brought out his chapbook The Men in the Dark (2004). Richard is the 2002 Winner in the Poets & Writers, Inc., Writers Exchange competition, and his work has appeared in a wide variety of journals, including American Letters and Commentary, Bayou, Hunger Mountain Review, The Iowa Review, Literary Imagination, Prairie Schooner, The Massachusetts Review, North American Review, Passages North, and Witness.

Nicole Cooley & Peter Cooley - Daughter & Father Poetry Reading

Event date: 

Wednesday, June 16, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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BREACH: Poems by Nicole CooleyFather's Day approaches, so please join us for a special poetry reading featuring poet Nicole Cooley and her father, poet Peter Cooley as we celebrate the publication of Nicole's new book.

In Breach, New Orleans native Nicole Cooley recalls Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath in gritty, poignant detail, bearing witness to the destruction of a region and to its recovery. Ranging from the urgent to the reflective, these poems speak not only to the horrors of the immediate disaster, but also to family dynamics in a time of crisis and to the social, political, and cultural realities that contextualized the storm and its wake. In the title poem, Cooley invokes the multiple meanings of the word “breach”—breach of the levees, breach of trust—which resonate with survivors in the Crescent City, and in “Evacuation,” she recounts her efforts to encourage her parents to leave the city and her harrowing three-day wait to hear from them after they refused. A number of poems, including “Write a Love Letter to Camellia Grill,” “The Superdome: A Suite,” and “Biloxi Bay Bridge Still Out,” offer a broad range of voices and experiences to expand the perspective beyond Cooley’s own family. With language and images both powerful and precise, this compelling collection dares us to “watch the surface of the city tear like loose skin.”

 

Raised in New Orleans, Nicole Cooley is also the author of the poetry collections Resurrection, winner of the Walt Whitman Award of the Academy of American Poets, and The Afflicted Girls. She directs the MFA program in creative writing and literary translation at Queens College–The City University of New York. 

 

Divine Margins by Peter CooleyPeter Cooley will read selection from his eight books of poetry including Divine Margins, a beautiful collection of elegies.

 

Peter Cooley was born and raised in Detroit. A graduate of Shimer College, The University of Chicago and The University of Iowa, where he was a student in the Writers Workshop and received his Ph.D., he is currently Professor of English at Tulane University Orleans teaching creative writing. In 2001, he won the Inspirational Professor Award, and in 2003 the Newcomb College Professor of the Year Award.

 

 

 

 

 

Travis Ian Smith - THE SALT FLOWERS

Event date: 

Monday, May 24, 2010 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm

Event address: 

Octavia Books
513 Octavia St
70115-2055 New Orleans
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Join us for a poetry reading and booksigning with Travis Ian Smith in celebration of his debut book of poetry, THE SALT FLOWERS.

Travis Smith's poems are extraordinary because they bear and praise a world where transcendence is available if we surrender to the physical aspect of ourselves and things very nearby us, like flowers, or lovers, or a star.  Words and lines written from such a place are rare in poetry because a maker of such poems must be diligent not to be carried completely by the emotional current of longing, whose extreme is sentimentality.  Travis's poems move headlong onto this poetically dangerous edge with patience and clarity and grace.  I would say they always have.  His poems are wonderfully alive at the very delicate brink of delight.
--Kathleen Peirce, Guggenheim fellow and author of The Owl Hour, winner of the William Carlos Williams Award.

Travis Ian SmithTravis Ian Smith lives in New Orleans and teaches writing and literature as an adjunct instructor at Tulane University.  His poems have appeared in numerous literary journals such as Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Grasslands Review, The Red River Review, The texas Observer, Sun Poetic Times, and Volpe

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