The word ecstatic literally means "to stand outside oneself" (ex + stasis). And there is no better way to describe how we feel to be welcoming renowned poets Carrie Fountain (Poet Laureate of Texas) and Naomi Shihab Nye (US Young Person's Poet Laureate) to Lazarus Brewing Co.'s exquisite outdoor stage, for a very special LOGOS on Thurs. Sept. 12, at 7:30 in the evening.
We are utterly "beside ourselves" with joy.
This event will be free and open to the public; however, donations are encouraged, and will go to support Texas Gun Sense and Texas Civil Rights Project.
We will also be joined by acclaimed classical guitarist Darrel Mayers of Motes Float Aloft, who will offer musical accompaniment throughout the evening.
Books will be available for purchase courtesy of Bookwoman, Austin’s premier feminist bookstore, and can be signed by our poets following the event.
Carrie Fountain’s first collection of poetry, Burn Lake, was a National Poetry Series winner and was published by Penguin Random House in 2010. Her second collection, Instant Winner, was published by Penguin Random House in 2014. Her poems have appeared in Poetry Magazine, American Poetry Review, and The New Yorker, among others. Fountain's debut novel for young adults, I'm Not Missing, was published in 2018 by Flatiron Books (Macmillan). Her first children’s book, The Poem Forest, about the life and legacy of poet and ecologist W.S. Merwin, is forthcoming from Candlewick Press.
Currently writer-in-residence at St. Edward's University, Fountain travels the country reading her poetry and teaching writing workshops. She hosts NPR's This Is Just To Say, a radio show and podcast that features intimate conversations about poetry and life with America's most influential poets. In 2019, she was named Poet Laureate of the state of Texas.
***Get Carrie's Books HERE***
Naomi Shihab Nye is the author and / or editor of over 30 volumes of poetry, fiction and essays, including 19 Varieties of Gazelle: Poems of the Middle East (finalist for the National Book Award), and The Turtle of Oman (awarded the 2015 Middle East Book Award for Youth Literature). Her most recent book of poetry is The Tiny Journalist, and her newest collection, Cast Away: Poems for Our Time, is forthcoming from Greenwillow Press.
Nye's numerous awards include a Lavan Award from the Academy of American Poets, the Isabella Gardner Poetry Award, the Robert Creeley Prize and the Betty Prize from Poets House for her service to poetry. In January 2010, she was elected to the Board of Chancellors of the Academy of American Poets. In 2018, the Texas Institute of Letters awarded her the Lon Tinkle Award for Lifetime Achievement; and in 2019, she was named Young People's Poet Laureate by the Poetry Foundation. She is Professor of Creative Writing – Poetry at Texas State University.
***Get Naomi's Books HERE***