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Wendy Willis – A LONG LATE PLEDGE Book Release
September 8, 2017 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
On Saturday, September 8, come celebrate Wendy Willis’ second poetry collection, A LONG LATE PLEDGE.
Wendy Willis’s second book of poems and the first from Bear Star Press, arrives at the perfect moment in our national conversation about democracy, what it is and where it has failed. Willis’s book suggests what remedies there might be for resurrecting its original premise, this time including a pledge to honor what was left out of its charters and laws the first time around. Grounded primarily in the landscape of Willis’s home state of Oregon, the book contains a number of poems that find their footing farther east as well, as far as Monticello and beyond, and contains an afterward of sorts, “notes & commonplaces” that readers will want to consult from time to time as they read the poems.
Wendy Willis graduated magna cum laude from Georgetown University School of Law and now serves as executive director of the Deliberative Democracy Consortium, a national organization of “more than 50 foundations, nonprofit organizations, and universities, collaborating to support research activities and advance democratic practice in North America and around the world.” Her first book is Blood Sisters of the Republic (Press 53, 2012), and she has published essays and poems in Utne Reader, ZYZZYVA, Poetry Northwest, The Rumpus, and elsewhere.