Book Launch Reception for Held and Firmly Bound by Nathalie Anderson
Sunday, February 26th 11 am
One Columbia for Arts and History at 1219 Taylor Street
Join us for an intimate reception as we launch Columbia native Nathalie Anderson’s new chapbook, Held and Firmly Bound (Muddy Ford Press, 2017). Nathalie will receive guests from 11 – 11:30, then read and sign books until 12:15.
“Located at the intersection of family and region, Nathalie Anderson’s sequence of magnificently wrought lyric poems seek to determine how a distant relative, one M.D. Huger, came to be indebted to a free woman of color named Betsey Garrett for the princely sum of $2400. The language in these wonderfully luminous poems helps the reader to imagine the variety of circumstances that may have led up to the transaction. Endeavoring to illuminate the “complicated possibilities,” of such an extraordinary state of affairs, Anderson’s chapbook achieves on multiple levels: gesturing toward the many forms human frailty can assume while insisting that it is only through sustained acts of truthmaking that matters such as these can yield up their redemptive potential. A singular achievement whose implications are impossible to deny.” — Herman Beavers, author of Obsidian Blues
Nathalie Anderson is the author of four books of poetry – Following Fred Astaire, Crawlers, Quiver, and Stain – and libretti for four operas. Her poems have appeared in such journals as Atlanta Review, DoubleTake, Natural Bridge, The New Yorker, and The Recorder. She was raised in Columbia SC, and educated – at Agnes Scott, Georgia State, and Emory University – in Atlanta. A 1993 Pew Fellow in the Arts, Nathalie Anderson serves currently as Poet in Residence at the Rosenbach Museum and Library in Philadelphia; and she directs the Program in Creative Writing at Swarthmore College.
For a complete look at the schedule, including writer workshops on Friday and Saturday, visit www.Deckleedgesc.org.