Book launch: Trace
Sunday October 13 | 4:00PM - 5:00PM
Join us to celebrate the publication of Melanie Figg’s debut poetry collection, Trace, which won the Many Voices Project competition from New Rivers Press.
Come a few minutes early to grab some drinks/food and say hello. The reading starts at 4pm and will be followed by book signings and more mingling.
“The stunning poems in Trace exist in a sublime and terrifying world filled with visual art, human atrocity, and a complex family history. These poems are breathtaking in their braided complexity, unwillingness to settle for two-dimensional revelation, and ability to face the abyss and sing, symphonically, into it.” —Allison Benis White
“In language so lovely, rich, and full of voices that seem out of another world, this book of departures also opens many doors. Each door lets in a wild wind of longing, loss, gods, myths, war, and ragged humanity. We find ourselves in a museum maze with one entrance and one exit but that final exit, we do not want to take.” —Heid E. Erdrich
“Trace is a collection of metamorphosis, of things becoming more than they are and the liminal spaces between transitions. Figg explores the stains of history both global and personal as well as the mythos of love to reveal the vestiges of light inherent in all. Trace is a revelation. —Quan Barry
Melanie Figg lived in the Twin Cities for many years and taught at the Loft Literary Center for over a decade. In 2009 she moved to Maryland where she teaches writing and curates Literary Art Tours in DC galleries (a Washington Post Editor’s Pick). Melanie has received grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight and Jerome Foundations, the Arts & Humanities Council of Montgomery County and others. Her poems, essays, and reviews have been published in dozens of literary journals and in her chapbook, Hurry, Love. As a certified professional coach, she offers writing retreats and works remotely with writers and others. www.melaniefigg.net