Sunday Afternoon Poetry with Jennifer Burd and Laz Slomovits
On Sunday, October 1, at 3 PM, Jennifer Burd will share selections from her new book of poetry, Day's Late Blue. These poems explore relationships with nature, the human world, and family, taking a close look at the connections we make in our lives. Subjects of her pieces include a fallen nest of baby birds, an elderly mother's memory loss, a piece of mail at a homeless shelter, and tracks in snow. Michigan poet Janeen Pergrin Rastall has said of this book, "Jennifer Burd gives us a lyric palette of life. Her poems weave shadows and light, loss and discovery with the delicate touch of an ink brush painter." Jennifer will be joined by Laszlo Slomovits, who will sing a selection of her poems that he has set to music. Together they will lift this imagery off the page at this book launch event.
Jennifer is also the author of Body and Echo, a full-length book of poems; Receiving the Shore, a chapbook/CD of Jennifer's poems set to music by Laszlo Slomovits; and Daily Bread: A Portrait of Homeless Men & Women of Lenawee County, Michigan, a book of creative nonfiction. She received her MFA in Creative Writing from the University of Washington in Seattle and teaches creative writing classes through The Loft Literary Center in Minneapolis and literature classes at Jackson College, Jackson, Michigan.
Laszlo Slomovits is one of the twin brothers in the nationally-known children’s folk music duo, Gemini. In addition to his music for children, Laszlo has set to music the work of many poets. His recordings of these song-settings include Receiving the Shore (a book / CD collaboration with poet Jennifer Burd), five CDs of the poetry of the ancient Sufi mystics, Rumi and Hafiz, as well as “White Picture” by the Holocaust-era Czech poet Jiri Orten and “Cry of Freedom,” the poetry of contemporary American poet Linda Nemec Foster.