Event: Amy Dryansky & Deb Gorlin
When: Thursday, March 3, 7:00 pm
Where: The Odyssey Bookshop
The Odyssey Bookshop will host a poetry reading with local poets Amy Dryansky and Deb Gorlin.
In her second collection of poems, Grass Whistle, Amy Dryansky's intrepid speaker sets off once again, this time into the deceptively open field of adult life. Along the way she pushes at the boundaries of identity and connection, questioning our perceptions of selfhood and motherhood, marriage and relationships, fidelity and faith.
Amy Dryansky's poems appear in a variety of anthologies and journals, including Harvard Review, New England Review, Orion, and Women’s Review of Books. She has been nominated for several Pushcart Prizes and received honors/awards from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, MacDowell Colony, Vermont Studio Center and the Bread Loaf Writers’ Conference. She is currently the assistant director of the Culture, Brain & Development Program at Hampshire College and teaches writing in the community.
In Life of the Garment Deborah Gorlin inventories her dead in urgent acts of recognition and commemoration. Family members appear in their native stories to reanimate local histories, intimate geographies, and lost times. In the personae poems, Gorlin catalogues dolls and totems within their particular cultural habitats, and imagines their daemonic hopes, dreams and emotions. In the final act, she takes stock of her own spiritual hesitations, yearnings, approximations, and explorations of such crazy topics as fingernails, Hebraic trees, and fat.
Deborah Gorlin has published in a wide range of journals including Antioch Review, American Poetry Review, Green Mountains Review, Bomb, Women’s Review of Books, and New England Review. Before winning the 2014 May Sarton New Hampshire Poetry Prize, for her book of poems, Life of the Garment, she won the White Pine Poetry Press Prize for, Bodily Course. She holds an MFA from the University of California/Irvine. She teaches writing at Hampshire College, where she serves as co-director of the Writing Program, and is currently a poetry editor at The Massachusetts Review.