Caroline Brae: Come What May

Join us as we celebrate the release of Caroline Brae’s new book of poetry, Come What May, featuring the photographs of R. Daniel Brown. The afternoon will include readings from Caroline Brae and special guest Patsy Asuncion, as well as a brief talk about the book’s photography with R. Daniel Brown. This in-person event will be free and open to the public. We recommend arriving early for the best seating.

About the Book: Come What May is a narrative tale that takes you on a journey to revisit a time and place of parallels. The reader will see and hear the trials and tribulations of unequal rights, war, and a pandemic viewed through the eyes of artists. This epic poem by Caroline Brae was inspired by R. Daniel Brown’s photographs and echoes lives long gone that are still relevant today.

About the Author: Caroline Brae hails from the mountains of central Virginia and recently returned home to the valley. A former high school teacher of twenty-five years, she has ventured on a creative and artistic odyssey. Her journey to find her voice began in the performing arts as a pianist, singer/songwriter, dancer, and choreographer, with her photography leading the way as she began to weave stories. Come What May is her third book of poetry, following Little Grey Bird and When Grey Turns Blue.

About the Photographer: R. Daniel Brown is a Florida native who moved to Staunton, Virginia, after retiring from a forty-year architectural career to pursue his passions of history, photography, and travel. Come What May is his first full collaboration with Caroline Brae, following three poems inspired by his photographs in her second book, When Grey Turns Blue.

About the Special Guest Reader: School was Patsy Asuncion’s ticket to a successful career, highlighted by her recognition as Palm Beach County Principal of the Year. Patsy’s poems are published in her collection Cut on the Bias (2016), more than twenty anthologies, and online publications including The New York TimesThe Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2019About Place, and Cutthroat. She promotes diversity through national community open mics, which have received more than 22,500 views on YouTube. Find out more on her website here.