On Thursday, October 8th, the Pen + Brush--a women's fine arts institution and organization in Manhattan--will open the doors to its new state-of-the-art location at 29 East 22nd Street after three years. I'm very, very honored to be included in their Grand Re-Opening, and even if I will be abroad during that time, I can't wait to check it out once I return.
Part of that re-opening includes a group exhibition comprised of four artists, and inaugural publications from four authors, of which I am one. My poems will be displayed in their entirely via e-readers in the new space. I am very happy to have my poems published alongside a short story by Mina Samuels, and novellas by Kathleen Wakefield and Enid Harlow.
As I've blogged earlier, my poems were selected by Kate Angus, the founding editor of Augury Books. For the first time, I've been able to read her comments on my writing, and am beyond grateful (to say the least). Submitting never-before-read poetry was what I considered either a leap of faith or a leap of tremendous stupidity, and her response spurns a lot of confidence.
I share her words about my words in conclusion, and encourage everyone to get to the Pen + Brush to explore their great mission: to provide opportunities for women in the arts, until, as they say, "it's just about the art."
Lauren Amalia Redding's poems have a visceral immediacy to them--like a punch to the gut, or a new lover's kiss. Her images are sharp, her diction askew but ornate; her poems bleakly beautiful. This is a voice that will keep blossoming.