Poetrio: Fleda Brown, Rita Quillen, and Gretchen Primack

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Join us for our monthly poetry event featuring three poets and hosted by poet Mildred Barya. This month, we welcome Fleda Brown, Rita Quillen, and Gretchen Primack. Click here to RSVP for this event. On the day of the event, we will send a reminder email with the link required to attend.

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Fleda Brown’s tenth collection of poems, Flying Through a Hole in the Storm (2021) won the Hollis Summers Prize from Ohio University Press. Earlier poems can be found in The Woods Are On Fire: New & Selected Poems, chosen by Ted Kooser for the University of Nebraska poetry series, 2017. Her work has appeared three times in The Best American Poetry and has won a Pushcart Prize, the Felix Pollak Prize, the Philip Levine Prize, and the Great Lakes Colleges New Writer’s Award, and has twice been a finalist for the National Poetry Series. Her new memoir, Mortality, with Friends will be out from Wayne State University Press Fall 2021. She is professor emerita at the University of Delaware and was poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-07. Read more at: https://www.fledabrown.com

Golda Meir once said, “Old age is like a plane flying through a storm. Once you're aboard, there’s nothing you can do.” The poems in Fleda Brown’s brave collection, her thirteenth, take readers on a journey through the fury of this storm. There are plenty of tragedies to weather here, both personal and universal: the death of a father, a child’s terminal cancer, the extinction of bees, and environmental degradation. Brown’s poems are wise, honest, and deeply observant meditations on contemporary science, physics, family, politics, and aging. With tributes to visionary artists, including Frida Kahlo, Pablo Picasso, and Grandma Moses, as well as to life’s terrors, sadnesses, and joys, these works are beautiful dispatches from a renowned poet who sees the shadows lengthening and imagines what they might look like from the other side.


Rita Quillen’s poetry book, Some Notes You Hold was published by Madville in 2020. She’s also author of the novel Wayland, Iris Press (2019), a full-length poetry collection, The Mad Farmer’s Wife, Texas Review Press, (2016), and was a finalist for the Weatherford Award in Appalachian Literature from Berea College. Her novel Hiding Ezra, released by Little Creek Books, was a finalist for the 2005 DANA Awards. One of six semi-finalists for the 2012-14 Poet Laureate of Virginia, she received three Pushcart nominations and a Best of the Net nomination in 2012. She lives, farms, writes songs, and takes photographs at Early Autumn Farm in southwestern Virginia. Read more at www.ritasimsquillen.com.

Some Notes You Hold is about surviving what life throws at us as we age. The so-called “golden years” are so named because of the high admission price—the tremendous losses, disappointments, illnesses, and failures we all experience if we live long enough. The first part of the book, called “Letting Go,” focuses on surviving deep grief. The middle section is a musical interlude, exploring the tremendous power of music to heal us mentally, physically, and spiritually and to reorder our thinking and our emotions. The last section, “Holding On,” explores the roads leading to survival: prayer and meditation, communion with the natural world, and writing.  


Gretchen Primack is the author of Kind, republished by Lantern Books in 2021; Visiting Days (Willow Books Editors Select Series); and Doris’ Red Spaces (Mayapple Press). She also co-wrote, with Jenny Brown, the memoir The Lucky Ones: My Passionate Fight for Farm Animals (Penguin Avery).  Her poems have appeared in The Paris Review, Prairie Schooner, FIELD, Ploughshares, Poet Lore, and other journals and anthologies. Primack has administrated and taught with college programs and poetry workshops in prison for many years, and she moonlights at The Golden Notebook Bookstore in Woodstock, NY. Read more at http://www.gretchenprimack.com/bio.php

Kind is the kind of poetry book that makes you think differently about our world and the beings that inhabit it. Primack explores all facets of our lives with other beings—the beauty, the tragedy, and the absurdity that surrounds her existence. Kind cuts to one’s emotional core to make us think and feel. “It is this poet’s calling to hold kindness and its opposite in tension. What is that opposite? The poems in this volume offer unsettling answers. With Gretchen Primack’s poems, the absence of kindness causes a quaking in our bodies. A lyrical language of the present tense evokes a fierce and tender impatience with what should never have been settled for.”

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Flying through a Hole in the Storm: Poems (Hollis Summers Poetry Prize) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780821424445
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Published: Ohio University Press - March 12th, 2021

Kind: Poems Cover Image
By Gretchen Primack, Tim Seibles (Foreword by)
ISBN: 9781590566398
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Published: Lantern Publishing & Media - March 2nd, 2021

Some Notes You Hold: New and Selected Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781948692441
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Published: Madville Publishing - October 22nd, 2020

Visiting Days Cover Image
ISBN: 9781732209145
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Published: Willow Publishing - March 1st, 2019

Wayland Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604542547
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Published: Iris Press - September 16th, 2019

Hiding Ezra Cover Image
ISBN: 9781939289353
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Published: Little Creek Books - February 18th, 2014

The Mad Farmer's Wife Cover Image
ISBN: 9781680030990
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Published: Texas Review Press - October 25th, 2016

The Woods Are On Fire: New and Selected Poems (Ted Kooser Contemporary Poetry) Cover Image
By Fleda Brown, Ted Kooser (Introduction by)
ISBN: 9780803294943
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2017

Driving with Dvorak: Essays on Memory and Identity (American Lives ) Cover Image
ISBN: 9780803224766
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Published: University of Nebraska Press - March 1st, 2010

My Wobbly Bicycle: Meditations on Cancer and the Creative Life Cover Image
ISBN: 9781943995172
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Published: Mission Point Press - September 30th, 2016

Give Me Room to Move My Feet Cover Image
ISBN: 9782359260014
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Published: Amalion Publishing - January 1st, 2009

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