Hometown launches in Fairhope and Montgomery

Thank you to all who have received The Myth of Water with such enthusiasm since it's release! I am grateful to friends in Fairhope (Page and Palette Bookstore) and Montgomery (Stonehenge Gallery, with special help from retired bookstore proprietors Cheryl and Thomas Upchurch) for two great "home town launch" events!
This was the first reading during which I had had ASL signing translate my poems for the deaf community. It was a humbling and moving experience. Thank you AIDB Mobile for helping out! 

Reading from The Myth of Water, Poems from the Life of Helen Keller, with Mobile, AL AIDB ASL interpreter at Page and Palette in Fairhope, Alabama.               

Thank you, Roy Hoffman, for a beautiful introduction. 

In Montgomery, poetry and painting paired up at Stonehenge Gallery in the Old Cloverdale art district. Friends, old and new came out to greet me and I appreciate the warmth and love that was shown. Rusty and Richard at the gallery graciously let us have a literary event there and we hope there might be more. The biggest treat -- Thomas and Cheryl Upchurch stepped briefly out of retirement to help sell books for us. I could not have been happier!

Stonehenge Gallery, 1041 Fairview, Montgomery, AL

Signing a book for Bill Little, a friend from back in the day at UA (Tuscaloosa).


NEXT STOP: North Alabama in September.
At Ivy Green, Helen Keller Birthplace, Tuscumbia, AL

I look forward to traveling to Tuscumbia and Florence in North Alabama Sept. 11-13 and to Decatur Sept. 14-16.  North Alabama is the scene of my formative years; my creative imagination was nurtured there at Walter Jackson Elementary School and later at the Wheeler Basin Library which is now the Carnegie Art Center. For Helen Keller, Ivy Green in Tuscumbia was her heart's anchor. Although she lived elsewhere for most of her adult life, Helen came home to Alabama when she could. I look forward to visiting North Alabama in the fall. The light is different there.

Please check the calendar on this page for these dates and times. I hope to see you along the way.

"These poems are meticulous, lyrical, edifying. Midway through this collection the reader will begin to see the world through Keller’s eyes, not the darkness but the everlasting light.”—Randall Horton, author of Hook: A Memoir and Pitch Dark Anarchy

Order THE MYTH OF WATER at www.uapress.ua.edu until 10/31/16 with a 30% discount! Use code BAMA16.