Nicole Cooley grew up in New Orleans and is the author of six books of poems, most recently Of Marriage and Girl after Girl after Girl, winner of the Devil’s Kitchen Poetry Award from Southern Illinois University. Her other books include Breach which focuses on Hurricane Katrina and her family's experience. She is the director of the MFA Program in Creative Writing and Literary Translation at Queens College-City University of New York.
10:15 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Capitol Park Event Center, Meeting Room
Father and Daughter: Poetry with the Cooleys
11:15 a.m. to Noon
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Cooley’s poems are sharp in all the places it can hurt and soft in ways that comfort an aching soul. Layers of joy, pain, bliss, frustration―no emotion is off limits as these sensual yet valiant poems dig their heels and hold on for dear life as winds of uncertainty threaten to overcome.
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