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Book Title: Racing Hummingbirds|
The author of the book: Jeanann Verlee
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Format files: PDF
The size of the: 489 KB
Edition: Write Bloody Publishing
Date of issue: September 11th 2013
Read full description of the books:Racing Hummingbirds examines, critiques, and at times delights in one woman's navigation through the many worlds of manic depression and her struggle to maintain humanity in the process. Jeanann Verlee's award-winning debut collection is a series of narratives, prayers, and conjurings which address gender, sex, race, poverty, heartbreak, and survival with such stark intimacy, you will find yourself living inside. These poems cannot possibly be about you, yet they are. They cross boundaries and reclaim hope. They are as the opening poem suggests, nothing short of communion.
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JEANANN VERLEE is a performance poet, editor, and former punk rocker who collects tattoos and wears polka dots. She is author of two poetry collections: Said the Manic to the Muse and Racing Hummingbirds, which earned the Independent Publisher Book Award Silver Medal in poetry. She has also been awarded the Third Coast Poetry Prize and the Sandy Crimmins National Prize for Poetry. Her work has appeared in failbetter, Yemassee, Adroit, and PANK, among others, and anthologized in various publications, including Uncommon Core: Contemporary Poems for Learning and Living, The Courage Anthology: Daring Poems for Gutsy Girls, and Looking for the Enemy: The Eternal Internal Gender Wars of Our Sisters Anthology. Verlee worked as poetry editor for Union Station Magazine, For Some Time Now: Performance Poets of New York City, and Winter Tangerine Review: Fragments of Persephone, in addition to a number of individual collections.
Verlee has represented New York City ten times at the National Poetry Slam, Individual World Poetry Slam, and Women of the World Poetry Slam under two of the most highly-regarded poetry performance series in the nation: Urbana Poetry Slam and The louderARTS Project. Verlee was an NPS Finalist in 2008 and has twice earned the title of Urbana iWPS Champion (2009, 2013). She is former director of the Urbana Poetry Slam reading series, where she also served as writing and performance coach. Verlee has performed and facilitated workshops at schools, theatres, libraries, bookstores, and dive bars across North America.
Educated in theatre performance and creative writing, Verlee was co-author and performing member of national touring company, The Vortex: Conflict, Power, and Choice!, has been commissioned by universities for guerrilla theatre events spotlighting domestic violence under MSCD’s Theatre for Social Change, and was a charter member of New York City’s annual Spoken Word Almanac Project. An enthusiast of letter-writing campaigns and handmade protest signs, Verlee has also devoted many years to animal rights and social justice, and has organized and participated in numerous social actions.
Her first poem was drafted in pencil on the inside cover of a collection of Grimm’s Fairy Tales at the age of seven. She won her first writing contest for a short story at the age of eleven and in the same year became the youngest recipient of Parade Magazine’s Young American Ambassadors prize for an essay. Hoping to echo S.E. Hinton’s young author milestone, Verlee was determined to write a novel by the age of sixteen. With three drafts completed by the autumn of her fifteenth year, she almost reached her goal. Instead, however, she found herself blindsided by the insurmountable distraction of tattooed boys, dying her mohawk pink, and navigating the life-altering onset of bipolar disorder. A hardcopy of the unfinished manuscript remains in her apartment and she swears she will return to it one day.
Verlee lives in New York City with her moonlove, Ian Khadan, and their rescue pup, Aulë. She believes in you.
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