Evie Shockley & Cathy Smith Bowers | Flyleaf Books | Readings & Signings | Indy Week
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Evie Shockley & Cathy Smith Bowers 

When: Thu., Nov. 10, 7 p.m. 2011
Price: Free

This is the star-studded poetry reading you've been craving this literary season. North Carolina Poet Laureate Cathy Smith Bowers and Carolina Wren Press author Evie Shockley light up the bill for Flyleaf's monthly poetry event. Shockley, who got her doctorate at Duke, taught at Wake Forest before spending the last six years teaching at Rutgers. Her book the new black (Wesleyan) shows her hitting her stride as she weaves mythic and personal narrative strands into a political fabric that nonetheless depicts familiar events. Renegade Poetics: Black Aesthetics and Formal Innovation in African American Poetry (Iowa), a new critical book, cements her place as a leading African-American scholar and poet. Bowers, a South Carolina native who has taught at Wofford and Queens College, has a collection of selected and new poems just out, Like Shining From Shook Foil (Press 53), the title of which is taken from a Gerard Manley Hopkins poem. Her moving work uses the single, shining image to unfurl the intensity and significance packed within everyday moments. Host Stan Absher and Debra Kaufman present an open mic after the featured readers. The free event begins at 7 p.m. —Chris Vitiello

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