2nd Thursday Poetry featuring Lauren Berry + Open Mic

Feature Lauren Berry is the author of two poetry collections: C&R Press Poetry Award winner The Rented Altar (C&R Press, 2020), and National Poetry Series winner The Lifting Dress (Penguin Books, 2011), selected by Terrence Hayes. Berry received a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Houston where she won the Inprint Verlaine Prize and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. From 2009 to 2010, she held the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Agni, Silk Road, The Adroit Journal, Denver Quarterly, and Iron Horse Literary Review, and she teaches AP English Literature at YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school that provides college preparatory education to Houston’s most underserved communities. Additionally, Berry leads poetry workshops for Houston non-profits, Inprint and Grackle and Grackle. Connect with her at poetlaurenberry.com

Cindy Huyser hosts; an open mic follows.

Register here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bookwoman-2nd-thursday-virtual-poetry-reading-and-open-mic-w-lauren-berry-tickets-184367276487

Event date: 
Thursday, November 11, 2021 - 7:15pm to 9:00pm
Event address: 
5501 North Lamar #A-105
Austin, TX 78751
The Rented Altar Cover Image
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ISBN: 9781949540147
Published: C&r Press - October 15th, 2020

Lauren Berry's stunning second collection follows a young bride through the maze of a Floridian suburb. As her husband's second wife, she enters stepmotherhood unprepared for its storybook tradition of distrust, a pain intensified by her discovery that she is unable to conceive a child of her own. Each failed attempt to create life is a stone thrown into a pond, rippling her every surface. She loses her stepson in neighborhood gardens, obsesses over a bar of soap left by the previous wife, and plants lingerie in her bathroom as handymen remodel her vanity. THE RENTED ALTAR presents a haunting series of surrealist narratives, and the poems sing darkly of one woman's inability to steady herself in her new domestic kingdom.

Lauren Berry received a BA in Creative Writing from Florida State University and an MFA from the University of Houston where she won the Inprint Verlaine Prize and served as poetry editor for Gulf Coast. From 2009 to 2010, she held the Diane Middlebrook Poetry Fellowship at the Wisconsin Institute. Her work has appeared in magazines such as Agni, Silk Road, The Adroit Journal, Denver Quarterly, and Iron Horse Literary Review. Terrance Hayes selected her first collection, The Lifting Dress(Penguin, 2011), to win the National Poetry Series prize. Her second collection, THE RENTED ALTAR, won the C&R Press Award in poetry (C&R Press, 2020). She teaches AP English Literature at YES Prep Public Schools, a charter school that provides college preparatory education to Houston's most underserved communities. Additionally, Lauren leads poetry workshops for local non-profits, Inprint and Grackle and Grackle.


The Lifting Dress (Penguin Poets) Cover Image
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ISBN: 9780143119654
Published: Penguin Books - May 31st, 2011

Lauren Berry's bracing and emotionally charged first collection of poetry delivers visions of a gothic South that Flannery O'Connor would recognize. Set in a feverish swamp town in Florida, The Lifting Dress enters the life of a teenage girl the day after she has been raped. She refuses to tell anyone what has happened, and moves silently toward adulthood in a community that offers beauty but denies apology. Through lyric narratives, readers watch her shift between mirroring and rejecting the anxious swelter of her world, until she ultimately embraces it with the same violent affection once tendered to her.