This sunday, Malaprop’s Bookstore/Café continues the monthly poetry reading series, Poetrio, with Meta Commerse, Cassie Premo Steele, and Pauletta Hansel.
In an email from Virginia McKinley, of Malaprop’s, here’s a write up about August’s featured poets:
Meta Commerse. . . is the author of six books, including a novel intended to be a book of hope for middle-school-aged black girls. That book began as her culminating project for the MFA degree in creative writing at Goddard College. RAINSONGS: POEMS OF A WOMAN’S LIFE is her most recent book of poetry. . . .
Cassie Premo Steele’s poetry has appeared in numerous anthologies, magazines, and journals, including such publications as Sagewoman and Calyx. Her work has been nominated twice for a Pushcart Prize. . . Her most recent book of poetry, THE POMEGRANATE PAPERS, is based on the Persephone/ Demeter myth and addresses the themes of mothers, daughters, creative cycles, loss, healing, and living in harmony with the seasons. . . .
According to Jackie Demaline of The Cincinnati Enquirer, Pauletta Hansel has been “an arts administrator and an unflagging arts advocate, [but] doesn’t like to talk about herself.” Yet she seems happy to talk about the work she finds most interesting: “community organizing and community arts.” . . . . Pauletta Hansel has published poems in . . . journals . . . and . . . has three previous collections of poetry, Divining, First Person, and What I Did There; at Malaprop’s she will read from her most recent book, THE LIVES WE LIVE IN HOUSES. . . .
Hope to see you Sunday, August 5, at 3:00 p.m. for Poetrio!