These lyric poems come from a voice of authority, where the terrain is at once discovered and known, palpable yet mysterious.
Michelle Gillett (1948-2016) lived in Stockbridge, Massachusetts, and was active in the art and literary communities of the Berkshires. She earned her MFA in poetry from Warren Wilson College Program for Writers and was the recipient of various fellowships and awards. Michelle Gillett died from lung cancer. Her daughter Lisa Gillett lives in Albuquerque.
Readers for this event will include Kim Taylor, Forrest Agee, Brooke Steiger, Sasha Custer, and Lisa Gillett, daughter of Michelle Gillett (author of Coming About).
Kim Rae Taylor is a visual artist, designer and educator. She has taught for the University of Cincinnati Clermont College since 2006 where she is currently Associate Professor of Art.
Forrest Agee is an English teacher at Albuquerque High School. He sponsors the poetry slam team. He is a writer and musician.
Brooke Steiger works in the UNM art department as a printmaker.
Sasha Custer, a native of Albuquerque teaches at Bosque School as an upper school art teacher. Sasha earned a Master of Fine Arts with distinction from the University of New Mexico and a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology from Skidmore College in New York.
"This book is as good as it gets. A woman writes about the natural world making you think she’s the first person on earth — and she also changes her life in each poem seeking and finding who she is. Her lines are liquid gold, not a word out of place. So when you read a book of contemporary poetry that makes life more alive — and finish it only to find the writer has just died, it’s a personal loss because you’ve come to love her. We thank the publisher for this book where we’ll always know where to find Michelle Gillet."--Grace Cavalieri, Washington Independent Review of Books