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The Fruit of Poetic Collaboration
Poets Amy Trussel and Nancy Dougherty
Original Date: Thursday, January 29, 2015

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Perhaps everything that frightens us is, in its deepest essence something helpless that wants our love.—Rainer M. Rilke

Nancy and Amy will read from work inspired by their collaboration of the last four years. Published authors, they each bring their unique styles influenced by a kaleidoscope of artists and poets. Celebrating the magic of language, they push words, turns of phrases to new twists of meaning, and create shades of mood in unmapped landscapes. Amy is a spinner of tales, drawing from her southern roots, her interest in mythology, and music. Nancy's poetry delves into the meeting of the interior world with the external, where elements of nature, politics and her family filter in. Both Nancy and Amy share a passion for the art of collage, in visual form as well as in the construction of their poetry.

Amy Trussell is the author of five books of poetry, including The Painted Tongue Flowers with paintings by Krista Lynn Brown (Devaluna Press, Santa Rosa 2010), Ungulations, a collaborative work with A. di Michele (Surreigional Press, Slidell LA 2011), and Physical Address (Pillow Road Press, Sebastopol 2011). Her poetry has been published in The Copenhagen Review, Poetry Salzburg, Poetry Flash, The New Orleans Review, and other journals. Current projects include ongoing poetry collaborations with Nancy C. Dougherty and A. di Michele.

Nancy Dougherty is a poet and author of three chapbooks; Tape Recorder On and Memory In Salt, Levee Town; and Silk, a collaborative work. Her poetry has also been published in journals and several anthologies. She has been active in a number of community advocacy projects, including work for the nuclear freeze, teen counseling in high schools, and art-making in community settings.

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