5/20 - Iris Press Reading - KB Ballentine, Janisse Ray, & Karen Salyer McElmurray

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Union Ave Books welcomes KB Ballentine, Janisse Ray, & Karen Salyer McElmurray to present their newly published works  from Iris Press. This free virtual event takes place on Thursday, May 20th @ 7:00pm (Eastern) on Zoom. You MUST register at the following link to attend.

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Description of the Books and Authors' Bios

~ Edge of the Echo by KB Ballentine ~

KB Ballentine gathers poems into four sections that honor the ancient rhythms of Earth, Air, Water, and Fire. Edge of the Echo explores these elements and how they weave through the human experience and, though we are encompassed by them every day, we don't fully understand them. At the threshold of each season there is a mystic balance between the stones and the stars. The early Celts recognized what we have forgotten: the seasons of the year reflect an invisible geography between nature and the human soul. In this world full of upheaval and clatter, we need more than ever the tenacity of nature-its magic and variety that mends our weariness. This collection of poems invites the elements to speak to us once again.

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KB Ballentine received her MFA in Poetry from Lesley University, Cambridge, MA. She has participated in writing academies in the United States and Europe, and she holds graduate and undergraduate degrees in English.

She currently teaches high school theatre and English and adjuncts for a local college. She also conducts writing workshops throughout the United States.

Published in numerous literary journals and anthologies, KB was a finalist for the 2006 Joy Harjo Poetry Award and a 2007 finalist for the Ruth Stone Prize in Poetry. KB received the Dorothy Sargent Rosenberg Memorial Fund Award in 2006 and 2007. She was an Opera Omaha finalist in 2008, a 2014 finalist for the Ron Rash Poetry Award, and received the Libba Moore Gray Poetry Prize in 2016.

~ Red Lanterns by Janisse Ray ~

Red Lanterns is a collection of new poetry that navigates a borderland between the seen world and the spirit world.

Occupying a tangible world is expected of us humans. We have been taught to trust (and trust only) our five major senses, which inform the tangible. Humans, however, possess senses beyond our primary ones, not simply the sixth sense of intuition but also a sense of time, sense of responsibility, sense of being watched, and so on. Some things lie beyond the realm of human knowledge, some things are not as they appear, some places that appear empty may not be, and some things remain wild, secret, and intangible.

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Janisse Ray is an American author whose work often grapples with the beauty, intricacy, and heartbreak of the biosphere. Red Lanterns is her second book of eco-poetry. She has published five books of literary nonfiction, including the acclaimed Ecology of a Cracker Childhood and The Seed Underground. Ray lives and works in coastal Georgia.

Voice Lessons by Karen Salyer McElmurray ~

A memoir-in-essays, Voice Lessons is one woman from Appalachia's remembrance of childhood and of education, both formal and personal. McElmurray enters the world of writing and teaching, all the while coming to understand her deeply troubled mother. The essays are arranged in four major sections: early years and experiences of faith; the work of hands and the work of classrooms, paralleling her mother's diagnosis of Alzheimer's; writing and academia and the mother, disappearing into a land of forgetting. Finally, a fourth section relays both her mother's death and the author's acceptance of her own voice. Silas House writes that "McElmurray's voice is inimitable, innovative, powerful, and always a pleasure to behold."

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Karen Salyer McElmurray’s Surrendered Child: A Birth Mother’s Journey, was an AWP Award Winner for Creative Nonfiction. Her novels are The Motel of the Stars, Editor’s Pick by Oxford American, and Strange Birds in the Tree of Heaven, winner of the Chaffin Award for Appalachian Writing. Her nonfiction work has been a recipient of the Annie Dillard Award for Essay, the New Southerner Award and the Orison Anthology Award for Creative Nonfiction. She has co-edited, with poet Adrian Blevins, an essay collection called Walk till the Dogs Get Mean. Wanting Radiance, her newest novel, was released in April 2020 from University Press of Kentucky. McElmurray teaches in the Low Residency Program at West Virginia Wesleyan College and as part-time Associate Professor at Gettysburg College.


Event date: 
Tuesday, April 20, 2021 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
517 Union Ave.
Knoxville, TN 37902
Edge of the Echo By Kb Ballentine Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604542646
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Published: Iris Press - May 7th, 2021

Red Lanterns By Janisse Ray Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604542592
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Published: Iris Press - April 23rd, 2021

Voice Lessons By Karen Salyer McElmurray Cover Image
ISBN: 9781604542530
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Published: Iris Press - May 14th, 2021