by Liz Kellebrew
Publisher: Unsolicited Press
Release date: September 13, 2022
Written while riding the ferry across Puget Sound, Liz Kellebrew’s poems explore the liminal places between cities and forests, animals and people, the sky and the sea. This gorgeous and impactful debut gazes unflinchingly at the twin crises of climate change and human hubris, urging us to look closer at the creatures who co-exist with us in the space between wild and tame.
Liz Kellebrew writes poetry, short fiction, and essays from the Pacific Northwest. She wrote her debut poetry book, Water Signs (Unsolicited Press), while riding the ferry between Seattle and Bainbridge Island. Her poems have appeared in public art installations and literary journals such as About Place and Room. She received The Miracle Monocle Award for Innovative Writing, and her fiction has been shortlisted for the Calvino Prize. Learn more about her in her author interview and on her website.
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Unravelling My Life Lines
by Susan Hylen
Release Date - September 1st
About the author
Susan K. Hylen, a poet and photographer, finds images with her pen and lens in those unexpected juxtaposed moments, most recently with her six grandchildren or in the past while cycling to the Bainbridge Island Park District office where she began her part-time job in 1986 as the Volunteer & Special Events Coordinator. This position evolved to a full-time position as the Arts & Cultural Manager, organizing a variety of art & cultural classes, workshops as well as community events for 30 years. She is most grateful to Nancy Rekow & Bob McAllister, who, in 1985, welcomed her to the Thursday evening Bainbridge Island Writers Workshop where she began to find her muse. In 2001, Sue self-published her first chapbook, Double Exposure, featuring 23 poems and 15 black & white photographs. Sue is also grateful to Nancy Rekow’s Tuesday afternoon Women’s Writing Workshop which she has attended since her retirement, September 2016. In 2020 Sue self-published Lines from My Notebooks, a collection of 34 poems both old and new. These dynamic inspiring instructors as well as her many poet friends have truly supported Sue to Unravel her Life Lines onto these pages.
“To get in touch with your sensual self, open the pages of Unravelling My Life Lines and ride the night with mares that gallop through shadows and light. Wake up your sinuous red limbs, peel back your branches, open your trunk and scan the horizon. It is a treat to dive into the life of Sue Hylen and witness the love and care she gives to nature and to friends and relatives. Now open and begin a wonderful read.”
--John Davis is the author of Gigs and The Reservist. After forty years of teaching high school, he has retired to playing music and writing poetry.
“Sue has meticulously crafted these poems with deep attention to each word and the poem’s flow and shape on the page. The blend of new and older work well together as they weave a whole experience of past & present. Many poems rise to another level with strong last lines that twist & transform the poem, causing the reader to revisit previous lines with a new perspective.”
--Kristin Henshaw, retired Bainbridge High School teacher and poet who wrote “Sifting through Stones” published in 1999, with photos by Sue Hylen.
Copies of this book will be available at the event.