WiVLA MONTHLY MEETING: "Breaking Poems - Inspired by the News"
Speaker: Sara Cress
March 19, 2019, 5:45pm
Archway Gallery
2305 Dunlavy St.

In writing poetry, Sara Cress tries to take difficult, often sad, news topics and turn them into a more digestible form that allows the reader to fully ponder and grieve the challenges in current news stories. “We can get numb to the constant barrage of awful news, but it's our job to stay present if we're ever going to fix anything. My goal is to make people more present,” she explains. Sara will discuss her path from creative writing to newspaper journalism to poetry. She will read favorites from her three self-published poetry collections and talk about her collaborations with Houston-area artists who illustrated her work. Her 2018 compilation book, Best of Breaking Poems, featuring her favorite poems from 2014-2018, will be available for purchase at the meeting. Read Sara’s poetry at https://breakingpoems.wordpress.com/

Sara Cress is a writer in Houston. Her collaboration with artist Elaine Bradford, Routine Fables, was on display last summer at the Lawndale Art Center. Her work has been featured on NPR’s All Things Considered, KUHF’s Houston Matters, and in the Houston Chronicle.

5:45 – 6:15 Mix and Mingle
6:15 – 6:30 Short business meeting
6:30 – 7:30 Program with Q&A
7:30 Restore Archway Gallery’s chairs and food bar to their rightful order and then, optionally, go for dinner at Paulie’s (dutch treat, 1834 Westheimer)

"An ekphrastic poem is like a jolt of electricity surging through a work of art"
- Patricia Smith, ARTLines2

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