Join us for the launch and celebration of Kate Grey’s new collection, For Every Girl: New & Selected Poems.
“[For Every Girl is] a collection dissimilar to most new and selected books. These poems, from a life of writing, come together in an arc that pulls us like ‘a rope across her palm’ into girlhood, adolescence into adulthood where the illusions of family become broken and truth reigns. We love hard and deeply in this book—cousins, aunts, uncles, mother, lovers. And even in the deepest betrayals Ms. Gray makes us hold in one hand pain and the other compassion, in one hand loss the other hope.” – Jeff Knorr
Kate Gray’s first full-length book of poems, Another Sunset We Survive (Cedar House Books, 2007) was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and followed chapbooks, Bone-Knowing (2006), winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize and Where She Goes (2000), winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize. Kate’s first novel, Carry the Sky, (Forest Avenue, 2014) stares at bullying without blinking. Over the years she’s been awarded residencies at Hedgbrook, Norcroft, and Soapstone, and a fellowship from the Oregon Literary Arts. Her poetry and essays have been nominated for Pushcart Prizes. In Any More, Black Shoe, Kate Gray’s novel-in-progress, she narrates, in Sylvia Plath’s voice, what led to The Bell Jar and her suicide attempt in 1953. Kate’s passion comes as a teacher, writing coach, and a volunteer writing facilitator with women inmates.