Hail and Farewell: Tacoma WA Launch
Oct
11
6:00 PM18:00

Hail and Farewell: Tacoma WA Launch

Join me for a short reading, Q&A, and refreshments to celebrate the launch of Hail and Farewell, Perugia Press Poetry Prize winner!

Of the book, Ellen Bass writes: “‘… only girls / had the grit to transform themselves,’ Abby E. Murray writes in Hail and Farewell, her fine first collection of poems. Murray has grit to spare, examining in intimate, often devastating detail what it means to be a pacifist married to a soldier. Both insider and outsider, the speaker in these poems interrogates military culture, war, and violence with insight and compassion. “Bones,” written at the bedside of a wounded soldier, describes ‘shrapnel / spiraling up the leg…like / morning glories curling round a fencepost.’ Murray deftly weaves the personal and the political, as in “How Can I Tell You This?”: ‘Mornings come with news: / red flowers have opened / beneath a man’s white t-shirt / and I want to tell my daughter / the burning petals aren’t hers or mine, / but how can I?’ For those of us who have the luxury of not thinking about the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Hail and Farewell is necessary reading, reminding us what sacrifice looks like.”

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Abby E. Murray and Karen Skolfield in conversation at Westfield State University
Nov
7
2:30 PM14:30

Abby E. Murray and Karen Skolfield in conversation at Westfield State University

As part of the Library of Congress Veterans’ History project, poets Abby E. Murray and Karen Skolfield will take part in a community conversation at Westfield State University in the Loughman Living Room.

Abby E. Murray teaches writing to army officers & detained, undocumented youth. Abby edits Collateral, a journal focused on the impact of war, is married to an active-duty soldier, and is Tacoma, WA Poet Laureate. Her first book, Hail and Farewell, won the 2019 Perugia Press Prize.

Karen Skolfield is a U.S. Army Vet, teaches writing to engineers at UMass, and is Northampton, MA Poet Laureate. Karen’s second book, Battle Dress, won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. Her 1st book won the PEN NE Award & the Zone 3 Press First Book Award.

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Abby E. Murray and Karen Skolfield book launch reading at Northampton Center for the Arts
Nov
8
7:00 PM19:00

Abby E. Murray and Karen Skolfield book launch reading at Northampton Center for the Arts

This event brings together Tacoma WA Poet Laureate Abby E. Murray, whose 1st book, Hail and Farewell, won the 2019 Perugia Press Prize, and Northampton, MA Poet Laureate Karen Skolfield, whose 2nd book, Battle Dress, won the Barnard Women Poets Prize. This public event serves as the celebration and book release of these two crucial collections and will take place in the Flex space at the Northampton Center for the Arts on Friday, Nov. 8, 2019 (Arts Night Out!) at 7:00pm.

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Reading at McNally Jackson
Nov
11
7:00 PM19:00

Reading at McNally Jackson

This event brings together Tacoma, WA Poet Laureate Abby E. Murray, whose first book, Hail and Farewell, won the 2019 Perugia Press Prize, and Pamela Hart, whose first book, Mothers Over Nangarhar, won the 2017 Kathryn A. Morton Prize and was published by Sarabande in 2019.

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Reading for Olympia Poetry Network
Nov
20
6:30 PM18:30

Reading for Olympia Poetry Network

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The Olympia Poetry Network is a nonprofit/charitable organization dedicated to increasing literary awareness and an appreciation of poetry for folks living at the south end of Puget Sound. Abby is the OPN featured reader for November 2019, and the night begins with an open mic at 6:30. Find out more about OPN here: https://www.olympiapoetrynetwork.org/

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Poetry Workshops on Post
Aug
1
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Workshops on Post

Generative poetry workshops open to writers of all backgrounds and experience levels with access to post. We’ll hear and discuss a few poems built around a theme, then we’ll check out some creative prompts. These workshops are free and require no registration; you can attend one, some or all. Light refreshments served. Bring a notebook and pen!

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Poetry Workshops on Post
Jul
25
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Workshops on Post

Generative poetry workshops open to writers of all backgrounds and experience levels with access to post. We’ll hear and discuss a few poems built around a theme, then we’ll check out some creative prompts. These workshops are free and require no registration; you can attend one, some or all. Light refreshments served. Bring a notebook and pen!

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Poetry Workshops on Post
Jul
18
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Workshops on Post

Generative poetry workshops open to writers of all backgrounds and experience levels with access to post. We’ll hear and discuss a few poems built around a theme, then we’ll check out some creative prompts. These workshops are free and require no registration; you can attend one, some or all. Light refreshments served. Bring a notebook and pen!

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Poetry Workshops on Post
Jul
11
5:00 PM17:00

Poetry Workshops on Post

Generative poetry workshops open to writers of all backgrounds and experience levels with access to post. We’ll hear and discuss a few poems built around a theme, then we’ll check out some creative prompts. These workshops are free and require no registration; you can attend one, some or all. Light refreshments served. Bring a notebook and pen!

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