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How to Know the Flowers Release Party and Reading

  • Desert Island Supply Co. Birmingham, AL (map)

Event will include food/drinks, poetry reading, and book signing! Books for sale onsite. I promise the poetry reading part won't be scary ;-)

How to Know the Flowers by Jessica Smith is a poetry collection about processes: The process of naturally dyeing flowers, the process of dealing with trauma, the process of remembering. In her poems, Smith examines sexual harassment, female friendship, and grief, accepting the gaps and fragments that unavoidably occur while doing such work.

Jessica Smith, Founding Editor of Foursquare and name magazines and Coven Press, teaches at the University of Alabama at Birmingham. She received her B.A. in English and Comparative Literature: Language Theory, M.A. in Comparative Literature, and M.L.S. from SUNY Buffalo, where she participated in the Poetics Program; she is now pursuing her M.F.A. in Creative Writing at Miami University (OH). She is the author of numerous chapbooks including Trauma Mouth (Dusie 2015) and The Lover is Absent (above/ground press, 2017), and two full-length books of poetry, Organic Furniture Cellar (Outside Voices 2006) and Life-List (Chax Press 2015).

Earlier Event: February 2
Artist's Potluck Featuring Hank Lazer
Later Event: February 23
Book Signing for "Selma's Sacrifice"