Wednesday, June 06, 2007

Teeth On Bank Street

Aracelis Girmay Reads
at Hygienic Art Gallery,
New London

On Thursday, June 21, at 7:00 p.m., Aracelis Girmay will read from her book
of poetry, Teeth, at the Hygienic Art Gallery, 83 Bank Street, New London,
CT. Open to the public. Admission is free.

Aracelis Girmay was born in Santa Ana, California in 1977 and raised in
Southern California. She is of Eritrean, Puerto Rican, and African American
descent. A former Watson fellow and Cave Canem fellow, Aracelis has
published extensively in literary magazines. She has led writing workshops
in numerous public schools, colleges, and arts centers.

The poems in her book Teeth are stunning, highly original poems that
celebrate the richness of the author¹s multicultural heritage. The book
explores loves, wars, wild hope, defiance, and the spirit of creativity in a
daring use of language and syntax. Behind this language one senses a
powerful, inventive woman who is not afraid to tackle any subject, including
rape, genocide, and love, always sustained by an optimistic voice, assuring
us that in the end, justice will triumph and love will persevere.

Nicholasa Mohr comments, "the poems of Aracelis Girmay ring out with a
burning truth as she transports the reader into the world of despair,
discrimination, sorrows, triumphs, joy and the courage it takes to flourish
as a woman of color. Her keen observations are put forth with an appetite
for life without fear or self-consciousness as she weaves her words into a
range of potent poems."

For more information about this event, please contact Curbstone press at
(860) 423-5110.

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