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Derry is featured writer at Fourth Friday readings

Writers on the Spit welcome spring with The Fourth Friday Reading Series at 6 p.m. March 22 at Rainshadow Coffee Bar, 157 W. Cedar St. in Sequim.

 

This month’s featured writer is the well-known peninsula poet Alice Derry. She will read from her fourth full collection of poems, “Tremolo” (Red Hen Press, 2012).

 

The book journeys through terrain where the poet must accept a mother’s death, a daughter leaving home, a father’s dementia, a life compromised by war, prejudice and violence — a myriad fearful situations of each day — while embracing her trembling, she makes peace the steadiness that comes from taking the path in front of her.

 

Tess Gallagher says of “Tremolo,” “I am greatly moved by these narratives with their rushing crescendos, the way they sweep us into our own inner chambers … while witnessing the tenderness, the give and take that let us cleave to each other.”

 

Derry’s third collection, “Strangers to Their Courage” (Louisiana State University Press, 2001), was a finalist for the 2002 Washington Book Award. Her poetry has been published widely and she has been an invited reader in many venues. Derry co-directed the Foothills Writers Series at Peninsula College for more than 25 years.

 

The Fourth Friday featured writer is followed by an hour of open-mic readings. Those interested in reading their poetry or prose are invited to put their names in the hat. Five minutes are allowed for each reader.

 

For guidelines, contact Rmarcus@olypen.com. Come early for a good seat and excellent coffee. There is no fee for this event.

 

 

 

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