A rainy election night might sound a little gloomy, but Tuesday was as cheery as a box of budgies at Malvern Books, as we spent a wonderful, cozy evening listening to work from two award-winning poets, Carmen Giménez Smith and Laurie Ann Guerrero (pictured below, left and right respectively, sheltering from the deluge while our smugly dry pirate looks on).
Laurie Ann, currently the Poet-in-Residence at Palo Alto College and the Poet Laureate of San Antonio, read from her collection A Tongue in the Mouth of the Dying, while Carmen, a CantoMundo Fellow and editor-in-chief of the literary journal Puerto del Sol, read from Milk and Filth. (And yes, both of these brilliant books are available at Malvern, along with Borderlands 40, which features Laurie Ann as the keynote poet.)
Our thanks to Carmen, Laurie Ann, and everyone who braved the torrential downpour to stop by the store. We’re confident this was a reading worth opening your umbrellas for, and we’re sure, watching the footage below, that y’all will agree!
Our Saturday night was more than all right—it was magnificent! Tyler Gobble, host of the Everything is Bigger reading series, launched his first poetry collection, MORE WRECK MORE WRECK, at Malvern Books, and we couldn’t be MORE PROUD! We’re big fans of Tyler (at right) and his smashing new book (and we’re not alone—MORE WRECK won the 2013 Cargill First Book Poetry Prize), so the launch was definitely a cake-worthy occasion. And when you add cake to a fantastic night of poetry and music and tank-tops and rooster stories and OutKast lyrics, well, it’s hard to imagine a better start to the month.
Thanks to everyone who came by—y’all were a delightfully enthusiastic bunch—and extra special giant thanks to poets Jason Tobin (below, middle left) and Layne Ransom (middle right), and musician Lost John (far right) for joining Tyler on the stage.
If you’d like to hear awesome music and peachy poems from Lost John, Layne, Jason, and everyone’s favorite golf disc enthusiast, check out the footage below. And then stop by Malvern Books and ask for your very own copy of MORE WRECK MORE WRECK (and while you’re at it, you might like to ask us about Collected Feelings, Layne and Tyler’s recent chapbook collaboration). You won’t be sorry!