Gina Ferrara lives and writes in New Orleans. She has four poetry collections: Ethereal Avalanche, Amber Porch Light, Fitting the Sixth Finger, and Weight of the Ripened. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, The Poetry Ireland Review, and Tar River Poetry. Most recently, her poetry was selected for publication in the Sixty-Four Best Poets of 2019 by Black Mountain Press. Since 2007, she has curated The Poetry Buffet, a monthly reading series in New Orleans. She teaches English and writing at Delgado Community College.
Streaming November 7
The Louisiana Poet Laureate Presents Louisiana Poets
with Gina Ferrara, David Havird, Rodger Kamenetz, Julie Kane, Dorie LaRue, Cleopatra Mathis, Patrice Melnick, Mona Lisa Saloy, and Martha Serpas
Weight of the Ripened
"These poems are poised and self-contained, humming with an internal logic and an external music that soothes and disturbs by turns. They are dense and lush, yet offer the reader uncluttered clarity. Rich with a physicality through which the spirit is revealed, these poems feint from fruits and flowers to family history, including the poet's own in utero, never far from the music of New Orleans street names or the interior puzzles of language. Shades and scents abound, "a sustainable stain of memory," in these wary psalms to the healing properties of the physical world, as well as the uses and misuses of love." --Ralph Adamo
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