Ember Days with Mary Gilliland

About the Event

Poetry lovers! come join us for the launch of Mary Gilliland's new poetry collection, Ember Days.

About the Book

Woolf’s pen runs dry, Tesla holes up, Lincoln emerges in yet another bardo, and the rest of us tunnel through Wednesday’s jammed boulevards, Friday’s cash worthless, Saturday’s prodigal feet. The poems of Ember Days feature soldiers under duress, models transformed to artists, descendants of forced immigrants, survivors of hurricanes, witnesses for peace—stepping up to our world’s disasters, leveling with its possibilities, interrogating faith, justice, militarism, madness, and the perception and affection of intimate relationships.

About the Author

Mary Gilliland’s award-winning collections are The Devil’s Fools (2022), winner of  the Codhill Press Pauline Uchmanowicz Poetry Award and the CNY Book Award, and The Ruined Walled Castle Garden (2020), winner of the Bright Hill Press Poetry Prize. Her poems are anthologized in Rumors Secrets & Lies: Poems on Pregnancy, Abortion & Choice; Nuclear Impact: Broken Atoms in Our Hands; and Wild Gods: The Ecstatic in Contemporary Poetry and Prose. Honors include the Stanley Kunitz Fellowship from the Fine Arts Work Center, a Cornell University Council on the Arts Faculty Grant, and the 2023 International Literary Seminars Kenya/Fence 1st Prize in Poetry. Look for "In the pool of the sea’s shoulder," forthcoming from Dancing Girl Press. Mary is a poet, ecologist, and occasional essayist in New York’s Finger Lakes Region.