Monday, August 25, 2008

Thursday, September 18: After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery, a reading by area anthology contributors, Charleston (SC) County Public Library

After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery from Life-Shattering Events
Thursday, Sept. 18
Charleston County Library
68 Calhoun Street
Charleston, SC
7 p.m.

Book signing and reception will follow the reading.
Anthologies will be available for purchase.

Area poets included in the anthology who will read:
Paul Allen, of Charleston
Linda Ferguson, of Charleston
Richard Garcia, of Charleston
Barbara G.S. Hagerty, of Charleston
Kurtis Lamkin, of Charleston
Susan Meyers, of Summerville
Gail Peck, of Charlotte
Marjory Wentworth, of Mt. Pleasant
Tom Lombardo, editor, of Atlanta


Sante Lucia Books is pleased to announce publication of a ground-breaking anthology, entitled After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events, edited by Tom Lombardo. The anthology comprises 152 poems by 115 poets from 15 nations, including: 3 U.S. Poets Laureate, a Pulitzer Prize winner, 2 Whitbread Prize winners, and many others. Chapters cover stories of recovery from Grief, War, Exile, Abuse, Divorce, Bigotry, Illness, Injury, Addiction, and Loss of Innocence.

The anthology grew out of the editor’s personal experience surviving the death of his spouse when he was in his early 30s. “I was a young widower, and over the years since then, I've spoken with others going through similar trauma, trying to come to terms with my own grief and what it meant for my continuing life. After receiving my MFA in Creative Writing, and turning my writing more toward poetry, I came to realize that poetry could help express the hope and the will to live that eventually springs from these life-shattering events,” said Tom Lombardo.

Early Praise for After Shocks:

This anthology is of national and international significance. It is a collection that crosses and embraces all boundaries—culture, class, gender, and race. It takes us into the hardest places human beings have to go—the failures of personal relationships, loss of loved ones, genocide, racial oppression, addiction, loss of innocence, marginalization, and more. And, yet, each section moves, finally, toward a place of hope and dignity and resilience.
—Cathy Smith Bowers, Author, The Candle I Hold Up To See You

This wonderful and important anthology…is a solid act of generosity…a gift of testimony from poets across a broad range of experience and language, poems that tell us we can gather ourselves from the shock of upset and loss in life and continue…After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery is a book that seeks to stand up and walk among us as a living thing, a force to activate the good and prepare us to weather the bad.
—Afaa Michael Weaver, Author, The Plum Flower Dance

The sum of these poems is to tell the truth and by the telling to find relief and sometimes healing. The ones who read and hear these poems can share the loss that is so common among us, and perhaps also share the healing that comes through bold voice.
—Walter Brueggemann, Ph.D. Author of Finally Comes the Poet, Biblical Scholar, Columbia Theological Seminary, Decatur, Georgia

In this collection of poetry, recovery…speaks to transformation and hope…Many of these poems can help individuals acknowledge the reality of their losses and develop an understanding that helps them continue on their life's journey…This international collection of poetry can serve as an aid in promoting compassion and courage. We draw courage from those on a similar path.
Nicholas D. Mazza, Ph.D., editor of Journal of Poetry Therapy

Complete List of Poets Included:

Rita Dove Simon Armitage Carol Dine Douglas Dunn Cathy Smith Bowers Patricia Wellingham-Jones Donald Hall Carol Ann Duffy Molly Gloss Thomas Lux Pam Bernard Elizabeth Bernardin Sandor Kányádi Stellasue Lee Doug Anderson Jim McGarrah Sonja Besford Martha Collins Rachel Tzvia Back Brian Turner Nazand Begikhani Liu Hongbin Paul Sohar Satyendra Srivastava Marjorie Wentworth Diana Woodcock Majid Naficy Shelley Davidow J. P. Dancing Bear Margaret Chula Major Jackson Lisha Adela Garcia Ron Rash Annie Finch Barbara Mitchell Roseann Lloyd Joy Helsing Nehassaiu deGannes Peter Cooley Paul Allen R.G. Evans Barbara G.S. Hagerty Clinton B. Campbell Iain Haley Pollock Laurel Blossom Willie James King Georgia Ann Banks-Martin Kevin Young Tolu Ogunlesi Meir Wieseltier Randall Horton Richard Garcia György Faludy Bette Lynch Husted William Stafford Terri Wolfe J. Stephen Rhodes Gail Rudd Entrekin Anthony S. Abbott Faye J. Hoops Farideh Hassanzadeh Rebecca McClanahan Sister Lou Ella Hickman Anna Rabinowitz David Bottoms Janet Winans Alexa Selph Dennis Ward Stiles Renée Michele Breeden Ellen Doré Watson Joseph Mills Liesl Jobson Deborah P. Kolodji Aimee Nezhukumatathil Kurtis Lamkin C.C. Thomas Barbara Presnell Naomi Ruth Lowinsky Jericho Brown Therése Halscheid Becky Thompson John McAllister J.E.Pitts William Greenway Susan Varon Shaindel Beers Genie Cotner Marcia Slatkin Barbara Mitchell Joan Houlihan Jenni Meredith Rhett Iseman Trull Pramila Venkateswaran Diane Holland Valerie Nieman Carolyn Kreiter-Foronda Susan Meyers Joseph Enzweiler Jane Gentry Rachel Eliza Griffiths Gail Peck Jennifer Barber Ilya Kaminsky Allison Hedge Coke Steven Cramer Linda Annas Ferguson Kevin Simmonds Nancy Tupper Ling Carole Baldock Deema Shehabi Kate Gale Jeffrey Levine Bernardo Atxaga

After Shocks: The Poetry of Recovery for Life-Shattering Events
Edited by Tom Lombardo, 388 pages
Available August 29, 2008
Sante Lucia Books
Paperback ISBN: 978-0-9816354-0-8

For further information or to order copies in advance,
please go to The Poetry of Recovery.
Also visit the press's blog.

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