Please join us for the virtual launch of Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound by Yvonne Zipter! This event will be streamed on Women & Children First's Crowdcast Channel.
For this event, Yvonne will be joined by renowned other local poet, Tara Betts!
If you've been combing the bookshops for a new collection of poetry that's likely to stimulate the intellect, fine-tune the senses, and simultaneously break the heart, Kissing the Long Face of the Greyhound is the volume you're after. Here, the gifted poet Yvonne Zipter exhibits an astonishing vocabulary, offering insights that perhaps we never realized we'd missed. One stunning example: in an elegiac poem for her beloved dog, she recalls the "sweet slenderness of that languorous / lick of calcium, like an ivory flute." Another: an ekphrastic take on discarded pencils, noting "how quick they are to deny their own musings"-a notion which suggests that virtually all writers and readers of poetry will savor this book. - Marilyn L. Taylor, Poet Laureate of Wisconsin, 2009-2010.
Yvonne Zipter was born in Milwaukee, WI, and following sojourns on both coasts, has replanted herself firmly again in the Midwest. She lives in Chicago with her wife and a long succession of retired racing greyhounds. She is the author of the poetry collections The Patience of Metal (a Lambda Literary Awards finalist) and Like Some Bookie God, the nonfiction books Ransacking the Closet and Diamonds Are a Dyke's Best Friend, and the nationally syndicated column Inside Out, which ran from 1983 to 1993.
Tara Betts is the author of Break the Habit, Arc & Hue, and the forthcoming Refuse to Disappear. In addition to her work as a teaching artist and mentor for young poets, she's taught at several universities, including Rutgers University and University of Illinois-Chicago. Recently, she taught poetry workshops for three years at Stateville Prison via Prison + Neighborhood Arts Project. Tara is Poetry Editor at The Langston Hughes Review and the Lit Editor at Newcity.