Poetry Triple Header: Ronda Broatch, Jenifer Browne Lawrence, and Natasha M
We'll celebrate poetry with two wonderful NW poets on Sunday, Oct. 11, at 3pm.
Ronda Broatch, photographer, Pilates guru, and co-editor of the literary journal Crab Creek Review, will present her first full-length book, The Lake of Fallen Constellations.
Renowned author Rebecca Wells (Divine Secrets of the Ya-Ya Sisterhood) says of Broatch: "Some people get up every morning and go out into the world looking for God. Ronda Broatch does this and gives us her field reports in poems that make us want to believe that faith and survival are one and the same. She is a poet to be thanked."
Award-winning poet Jenifer Browne Lawrence, Broatch's partner as co-editor at Crab Creek, will read from her latest book, Grayling, which won the 2015 Perugia Press Prize. Set in the temperate rainforest of Southeast Alaska, Grayling uncovers the interior wilderness of a woman shaped by and inhabiting the rough country of her upbringing.
Poet Erin Belieu says: "Lawrence's voice is pulled tight by oppositions: seeking and restless, but with a formal discipline and precision that shape and contain the poems' appealing, subterranean energies. It's a beautiful, thoughtfully made book, showing this craftswoman at her finest."
Natasha Kochicheril Moni is a first-generation American of Dutch and East Indian descent. She completed her BA in Child Development at Tufts University, premedical education at Mills College, and is a naturopathic medical student at Bastyr University. She currently loves in the Pacific Northwest. Her poetry, fiction, essays, and reviews have been published in over fifty journals, recognized in competitions, and awarded her a Puffin Foundation grant.
Moni "writes with unflinching honesty and subtle surprise. The Cardiologist's Daughter is both cryptic and conversational, self-deprecating and transcendent - a tender homage to her Indian and Dutch family roots and an intense reflection on the quest for personal identity," says Anjali Banerjee, author of Haunting Jasmine and Enchanting Lily