October 16, 2012

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August 3, 2010

Announcing the Publication of Glances Back

Poetry of history, storytelling, and faith

A chapbook collection

Published by Pudding House Press

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It's kind of hard to say what a collection of poetry is about, but I can tell you that a number of the poems look at how we are connected to the past and how history affects us. Vincent Van Gogh makes an appearance, as do the ancient Greeks, the daughters of Lot in Genesis, my own family, and a family of refugees from Somalia who live across the street from me.

August 2, 2010

How do I get one?

Chapbooks are $10, and you can order as many as you like right here and now using paypal:


You can send a check to me--email me for my address at embright {at} gmail {dot} com, and I will put one in the mail to you, signed and everything. Don't forget to give me your address so I know where to send your book(s)!

cost: $10 plus shipping ($1.25 for the first book, plus $.75 for each one after. If you bought a book earlier for a cheaper shipping cost, well, consider it an early-bird special. Turns out there's this post office lady who insists every time on running the book-filled envelope through this little slot designed to show whether something is a "letter" or a "package." I watch, helpless, as the book gets stuck halfway through that stupid paper slot, and you know what that means: package. Ah, well. Thicker book equals more bang for your buck.)

Bookstores where you can purchase Glances Back:
the University of Minnesota bookstore (Coffman Union) in Minneapolis
Water Street Books in Williamstown, MA.

Do keep an eye out for new entries to this list. And if you have recommendations of places I should look into, please contact me! Help me spread the word!

August 1, 2010

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Upcoming Readings

Friday, Nov 16, Powderhorn Park Writers' Festival, May Day Cafe

Friday, Jan 11, featured reader, Carol Connelly series, location TBA

(I'll add more here as I add more to the calendar. Suggestions for more readings? Would love to hear.)

August 3, 2007

Sample Poetry

Poem is copyright of Emily K. Bright.

Morning of the Funeral

Sanibel Island, Florida

After all this, there is sun.
Sun and utter stillness
in the mangroves.

Here, five years ago, in rented canoes,
we brought her on her last
outdoor adventure.

How can it look the same as then?
Humid, tangled roots,
acres of connecting branches.

David with the guidebook spots
gray bird after large, gray bird.
How selfish to be hot or tired now.

These past five years,
her back, her fingers curved
in on themselves.

When she still could lift herself
in and out of boats, did she skim
palms to water as we moved?

All I can remember
is the dip and rise of paddles,
the aisles forming in the roots.

A pelican swoops down
and surfaces with
water streaming.

All day he will fish and look,
after we have sung our hymns,
after we have dragged our boats ashore.

About the Author

Emily K. Bright has lived in France and Ghana, New England and the Midwest. She is currently pursuing an MFA in poetry at the University of Minnesota. She also teaches orientation classes to refugees when they first arrive in Minnesota, a role which continually challenges her to reexamine American culture and put it into words. This year, she is also working as the creative writing department's Scribe for Human Rights, researching and writing what will hopefully be fascinating articles on local activism surrounding the violence in Darfur. Her passion is inviting people to stop, look at the world around them, and talk to each other, recognizing that we have more in common than we thought. Poetry is one excellent way of doing this.