A launch reading, for Selvage by Donna Johnson and Plum(b) by Kim Triedman.
Massachusetts poet Donna Johnson’s first full-length collection of poetry, Selvage, was recently published by Carnegie Mellon University Press as part of their 2013 Poetry Series. From the publisher: Through voices both imagined and real—"part cottonmouth; the other part, lark"—Johnson peoples this collection with debutantes, bigots, and busybodies, comprising a whole both shameless but often hidden, like selvage itself, "dense as nuclei / a dot for each color of the cloth / visible only if rent.
Ms. Johnson’s poems and reviews have been published in Birmingham Poetry Review, Blue Unicorn, Café Review, Green Mountains Review, Ibbetson Street, Marco Polo, Perihelion, Tulane Review, Two Rivers Review, and others. She enjoys spending time with family and taking backwoods hikes with dog, Gus. She lives in Stow and currently works at Curriculum Associates in Billerica. (http://djohnsonpoet.com; Twitter: @djpoet)
Kim Triedman's first full-length collection of poetry, Plum(b), finalist for the 2012 Backwaters Press Book Award, was recently published by Main Street Rag Press. Michael Meyerhofer: “What I love most about these poems is their uncanny range - their ability to be lyrical and almost pastoral one instant, darkly comedic the next. One never gets the feeling that Triedman is just engaging in meaningless acrobatics...these poems are sincere as sunrise or a drop of blood, full of intense and shining purpose, and to see through them is like remembering all at once that you have eyes.”
Kim Triedman has published widely in such literary journals as Prairie Schooner, Salamander, Women Arts Quarterly, and Poetry International. She won the 2008 Main Street Rag Chapbook Contest and has won and placed in numerous other poetry and fiction competitions. She developed and edited Poets for Haiti: An Anthology of Poetry and Art, which benefitted Partners in Health. Her first novel, The Other Room, will be released this October, and her second collection, Hadestown, is due out in November. (http://www.kimtriedman.net; Twitter: @kimtriedman)