Thanks to everyone who came out to celebrate the publication of Speak, Cairn in Saint Cloud and Missoula!
Drum Coffee | Missoula, Montana | May 3
Listen to the May 3 Missoula poetry reading on SoundCloud.
Thank you Drum Coffee on Broadway for your generous hosting of the May 3 book party. Thanks, Karin Schalm, for the introduction, recording the reading and the portrait of Richard Hugo.
Shakespeare & Co | Missoula, Montana | May 19
We also had a great time at Shakespeare & Company on May 19. Thank you Garth for inviting me to read. Thank you to my mom for being there all the way from MN–and for bringing a cake on the plane! And thank you, Andy, for being at both readings and supporting me every day.
Pioneer Place | Saint Cloud, MN | April 26
The Pioneer Place Fireplace room was cozy with a fun and lively crowd on April 26. Thank you to Pioneer Place for hosting and Bill Meissner for the introduction. It was really special to celebrate the book with my parents, my sister, my father-in-law, stepmom-in-law and so many great friends and former teachers.
A lively crowd
Please join me to celebrate the publication of my poetry chapbook, Speak, Cairn. There will be copies available for purchase, and I would love to sign your book!
Saint Cloud, Minnesota
4/26, Pioneer Place (Fireplace Room), 7-8:30pm, Minnesota Book Launch Party & Reading
5/3 Drum Coffee on Broadway, 4-5pm, Montana Book Launch Party & Reading
5/19 Shakespeare & Co, 1-2pm, Poetry Reading
I’m excited to share the news that my poetry chapbook, Speak, Cairn, will be published by Finishing Line Press in February 2018. Starting today, you can pre-order the book from the Finishing Line Press bookstore.
The book takes the reader on a trip through a variety of natural landscapes (boreal forest by canoe, fruit-tree planting in an equatorial eco-city, soaking in mineral baths in Montana).
The reader connects with people along the way who are rooted in the place the reader travels through. The reader continues to move, feeling moments of connection, but mostly alien and lost.
The collection is book-ended by two poems concerning cairns, markers on a trail that show people where to go. As alone as we may feel as we travel through the world looking for home, when we add a stone to a cairn, we are connected to our fellow travelers. “We speak to each other through stones.”
The final poem, “Hobo’s Song,” says, “We kneel before the world’s brokenness,/a puzzle that will never be finished./We build to repair, to make whole,/to connect the pieces, stone by stone.” As much as our human world is broken and each traveler alone, poems can reconnect us to each other and to the earth, like a human-made stack of stones.
Grateful to my friends, family, teachers, and Finishing Line Press for the love and support.