Join us virtually for a night of poetry and a reunion of sorts with Holly Wren Spaulding, Alison Swan, Keith Taylor. Watch us on Facebook LIVE.
ABOUT THE AUTHORS:
Holly Wren Spaulding's publications include Familiars (2020), If August (2017), and Pilgrim (2014), all published by Alice Greene & Company, and The Grass Impossibly (2008), for which she was awarded the Michigan Cooperative Press Chapbook Award in Poetry, selected by poet Fleda Brown. She is the founder of Poetry Forge where she teaches writing and mentors poets in the process of making a manuscript. In the late 90's, she was a bookseller and helped with author events at Shaman Drum in Ann Arbor, MI, where she got to know fellow writers, Keith Taylor and Alison Swan, with whom she remains fast friends so many years later.
Alison Swan’s new collection of poems A Fine Canopy is her fifth book. Her poems and environmental writing have appeared in many publications, including the recent award-winning anthologies Elemental, Ghost Fishing, and Here. In 2006, Alison's first book Fresh Water: Women Writing on the Great Lakes was named a Michigan Notable Book. Co-author of The Saugatuck Dunes: Artists Respond to a Freshwater Landscape and co-founder of Concerned Citizens for Saugatuck Dunes State Park, she has been awarded a Mesa Refuge Residency and the Michigan Environmental Council’s Petoskey Prize for Grassroots Environmental Leadership. After stints on the east and west coasts of North America, Alison Swan settled back in Michigan’s lower peninsula where she teaches environmental writing at Western Michigan University. She lives in Ann Arbor, and long ago, worked with Keith Taylor and Holly Wren Spaulding at the late, great Shaman Drum Bookshop on S. State St. where Alison managed promotions and author events.
Keith Taylor has authored or edited 18 books and chapbooks, the most recent of which, published in 2021, is Let Them Be Left: Isle Royale Poems. His last full length collection, The Bird-while won the Bronze medal for the Foreword/Indies Poetry Book of the Year. His poems, stories, reviews, essays and translations have appeared widely in North America and in Europe. After a series of stupid jobs, he worked for most of 20 years as a bookseller. After that, he taught for most of the next 20 in the writing programs at the University of Michigan. He was able to quit a couple of years ago.