Poetry Reading: Mary Mullen, Melody Wilson, Merna Dyer Skinner

Annie Bloom's Books welcomes local poets Mary Mullen, Melody Wilson, Merna Dyer Skinner for an in-store reading from their new collections.

About A Thousand Cabbages:

Mary Mullen's second collection of poems spans two oceans and decades of courage and introspection. "This is A RARE CREATION of song and scar, of vulnerability and emotional complexity. In Mary Mullen's new collection A Thousand Cabbages, the natural and human worlds mingle in accessible yet almost mythic ways." ––John Sibley Williams, author of Scale Model of a Country at Dawn

Mary Mullen was born in Anchorage and raised on her parents' homestead in Soldotna, Alaska. Her debut poetry collection, Zephyr, was published by Salmon Poetry, Co. Clare, Ireland, in 2010. Her poems have appeared in multiple publications. She lived in Ballinderreen, Co. Galway, Ireland, for two decades and now is living in Forest Grove, Oregon, with her adult daughter, Lily. They are both advocates for people with disabilities.

About Spineless: Memoir in Invertebrates:

A look at life from the ground up, as well as from the curtain rod, and the window screen. This collection of poems explores the relationship between the hand and the small creature held in the hand, between the aquarium wall and the being on the other side. We know how our lives are touched by the creatures lying on the rug or the windowsill, but what about all those we can scarcely look at? Spineless: Memoir in Invertebrates attempts to do that.

Melody Wilson's work appears in Nimrod, Sugar House Review, and on VerseDaily. She received 2022 Pushcart nominations from Redactions, and Red Rock Review, and was finalist for the Naugatuck Narrative Poetry Contest, and was semi-finalist for the 2022 Pablo Neruda Awards. Find more of her work at melodywilson.com.

About A Brief History of Two Aprons:

"A Brief History of Two Aprons is honest, engaging and demonstrates the past can be a place troubled with questions. Skinner asks us '…to describe the sound of a turning page?' as we turn page after page of beautiful poetry we find ourselves drifting through her life, and in doing so discover something about our own. These poems '… traveling slow as heat …' deserve to be read."   ––Rick Bursky, author of I'm No Longer Troubled By the Extravagance

Merna Dyer Skinner is a poet and communications consultant living in Portland, OR. Her poems have appeared in: ONE ART, Rust + Moth, Lily Poetry Review, Quartet, and The Baltimore Review, among other journals, and three anthologies. Her chapbook, A Brief History of Two Aprons, was published by Finishing Line Press. Merna holds an MA in Communication Studies from Emerson College. She's lived in six U.S. states, traveled to six continents, and is currently working on her first full length poetry collection, and is editing an anthology of fishing poems by female poets.

Event date: 
Monday, March 4, 2024 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm
7834 SW Capitol Hwy
Portland, OR 97219
Spineless: Memoir in Invertebrates By Melody Wilson Cover Image
ISBN: 9798888383391
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Published: Finishing Line Press - August 25th, 2023

A Brief History of Two Aprons By Merna Dyer Skinner Cover Image
ISBN: 9781944899387
Availability: On Our Shelves Now (updated daily)
NON-RETURNABLE. May take longer to arrive. Please confirm this is the edition you want.
Published: Finishing Line Press - June 13th, 2016