Book Banter with Gina Ferrara
April 13 @ 5:00 pm - 6:00 pm
We are delighted to welcome poet Gina Ferrara to Book Banter!
Book Banter is a free, fun, interactive (you can ask questions and we will answer them during the event), event that streams live. Join the conversation on Facebook or YouTube!
“This is a stunning book, reverent, powerful, immensely sad.” — Bill Lavender, author of My ID and Three Letters
Amiss is a collection of poetic, surreal vignettes inspired by women who were either murdered or who are missing that focuses not on gory circumstances but on personal details specific to each victim: an aqua hat with netting, a noisy car with a sticking clutch, a pack of playing cards found in a field, fifty-two tragedies that travel decades while exploring the vast American landscape, the flat rice fields of Louisiana, papaya and banyan groves native to Hawaii and the stringent waters of Lake Michigan. Amiss operates with specified precision and a panoramic lens to provide consistent yet changing perspectives offering both clarity and mystery.
Gina Ferrara lives and writes in New Orleans. Her poetry collections include Ethereal Avalanche (Trembling Pillow Press, 2009), Amber Porch Light (Word Tech 2013), Fitting the Sixth Finger: Poems Inspired by the Paintings of Marc Chagall (Kelsay Books 2017) and Weight of the Ripened (Dos Madres Press, 2020), a finalist for the Eyelands Poetry Prize. Amiss, also published by Dos Madres Press is her fifth collection. Her work has appeared in numerous journals including Callaloo, The Poetry Ireland Review and Tar River Poetry and 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 that takes place via Zoom and the Latter Branch of the New Orleans Public Library the first Saturday of each month. She teaches English and writing at Delgado Community College and is the editor of the New Orleans Poetry Journal Press.