Book Talk – Signing

dr graley

Please join Dr. Lisa Graley as she reads from her new book of poetry Box of Blue Horses (released by Gival Press, 2013) on Thursday, Feb. 6, at 6:00 p.m. at The Vermilion Parish Library in Abbeville.

According to the author, the book is a meditation on the fear of creativity, an exploration of the crippling effects of stifling creative impulses–as well as a study of the tensions, costs, and joys involved in living an unfettered and imaginative life. This meditation, Graley says, takes the form of a story about magnificient blue horses, inspired, in part, by the blue horse paintings of the German expressionist Franz Marc.

Box of Blue Horses was winner of the Gival Press Poetry Contest in 2012. Of the book, poet and contest judge Beverly Burch wrote, “Visually rich, ekphrastic, Graley’s work syncs art and need, passion and confusion. It’s a ‘perilous trek’ following the maze of the untamable. If ‘courage runs high, good sense low,’ the crashing and deepening force will unsettle and excite you.”

A native of West Virginia, Dr. Graley is an Assistant Professor in English and Humanities at The University of Louisiana at Lafayette. There she coordinates the Interdisciplinary Humanities program. Dr. Graley has led RELIC book discussions, sponsored by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities, at the Abbeville Branch Library.