La Conner two-fer

November 9, 2017

La Conner, Washington, will host two poetry events on Saturday, November 18, 2017:

  • WORKSHOP. At 1:00pm, Washington State Poet Laureate Tod Marshall will conduct a workshop on Ekphrastic Poetry. The workshop will be held at the Museum of Northwest Art. Cost: $25, 10% discount to Museum members.
  • READING. At 6:00pm, Tod Marshall will host poets Tom Robbins, Tess Gallagher, Samuel and Sally Green, Alice Derry, Michael Daley and Jennifer Boyden for an evening of poetry from the pages of Washington 129. The event, which will be held at Maple Hall, is free.

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photo by Walter Siegmund

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Tess Gallagher - Lawrence Matsuda

Join Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda this evening, Wednesday, July 20, 2016, at 7:00pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery (Bellingham) as they read from their new book of collaborative poetry, Boogie-Woogie Crisscross (MadHat Press).

“These poems developed via e-mails exchanged between Tess Gallagher and Lawrence Matsuda over a number of years. The resulting collaboration is a poetry jam session where they trade and borrow images, and run riffs on each other’s poems in a responsive, competitive, and lighthearted way. At the start of each section they expand on what happens in their exchanges. Early on, Tess characterizes the style as being ‘kind of hip and comic book and jangly,’ and also ‘prickly with antennae.’ Like any dance it’s also an invitation to lose time and as Larry says, to show your ‘chops’ — a kind of dueling banjos.”

More on the Village Books event page.

honoring the original

December 7, 2015

Tess Gallagher and Beginners

In 1981, when Raymond Carver’s second collection of short stories, What We Talk About When We Talk About Love, was published, the manuscript had been drastically reduced by Carver’s editor, Gordon Lish. After Carver’s death, in 1988, poet Tess Gallagher, his widow, fought with Lish for the restoration and publication of the original text. In 2010, Vintage Books published Beginners, Raymond Carver’s stories as he drafted them.

Read more of this fascinating tale in a conversation with Gordon Lish published this week in The Guardian, a review in The New York Review of Books and an enthusiastic review in The Guardian.

On Friday, December 11, 2015, at 7:00pm, Tess Gallagher will discuss and read from Beginners at Village Books.

on poetry…

July 21, 2013

Tess Gallagher

“The best love poems confirm something we secretly felt but never said.”
Tess Gallagher
(b. July 21, 1943)

 
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Raymond CarverJoin poets Tess Gallagher and Caleb Barber as they read from the works of the late Raymond Carver on Wednesday, February 13, 2013, at 7pm in the Village Books Readings Gallery in Bellingham. The event is free. Books by Carver, Gallagher and Barber will be available for purchase. More information.
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listed…

December 13, 2011

Midnight LanternIn Mary Ann Gwinn’s Sunday, December 11, 2011, Seattle Times column, “Books we loved the most in 2011,” she names one poetry book among the 21 titles on her fiction and poetry list: Tess Gallagher’s new book of poems, Midnight Lantern (Graywolf Press).

In his earlier review of Gallagher’s book, Charles R. Cross said, “It is a worthy and deeply moving anthology, and one firmly rooted in the Northwest.”

Tess Gallagher will read from Midnight Lantern at Village Books in Bellingham on Saturday, February 11, 2012.

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