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Lyudmila Ulitskaya



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An Evening with Tess Gallagher

  • Friends Meeting House 5 Longfellow Park Cambridge, MA, 02138 United States (map)

Join us for an intimate reading by poet, essayist, and short story writer Tess Gallagher, celebrating the launch of her latest book, Boogie-Woogie Crisscross, a “poetry jam session” between Gallagher and poet Larry Matsuda.

Tess Gallagher is the author of eight volumes of poetry, including Midnight Lantern: New and Selected Poems, Dear Ghosts, and Moon Crossing BridgeIn 2008 Blackstaff Press (Belstaff) and Eastern Washington Press published Barnacle Soup: Stories from the West of Ireland, a collaboration with the Irish storyteller Josie Gray. Distant Rain, a conversation with the highly respected Buddhist nun Jakucho Setouchi, of Kyoto, is both an art book and a cross-cultural moment. Gallagher is also the author of Amplitude: New and Selected PoemsSoul Barnacles: Ten More Years with RayA Concert of Tenses: Essays on Poetry, and three collections of short fiction: At the Owl Woman Saloon, The Lover of Horses and Other Stories, and The Man From Kinvara: Selected Stories. She spearheaded the publication of Raymond Carver's Beginners in Library of America's complete collection of his stories. She spends time in a cottage on Lough Arrow in County Sligo in the west of Ireland and also lives and writes in her hometown of Port Angeles, Washington.