TOMMY PICO & SARAH GALVIN
Talk about some Sunday liveliness. Tommy Pico is here from Brooklyn where he curates the Poets with Attitude reading series with Morgan Parker, co-hosts the Food 4 Thot podcast, and is a contributing editor at Literary Hub, but originally from the Viejas Indian reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation. He has followed his debut poetry collection, IRL, with this year’s Nature Poem (Tin House).
“Pico centers his second book-length poem on the trap of conforming to identity stereotypes as he ponders his reluctance to write about nature as a Native American . . . In making the subliminal overt, Pico reclaims power by calling out microaggressions and drawing attention to himself in the face of oppression.” - Publishers Weekly.
“The self-conscious labor of these poems explores a culture of asides, stutters, stammers, and media glitches. It's no wonder Tommy Pico manages to name and claim identity while also reminding us of his (and our!) limitlessness. Nature Poem is a book about our true nature.” - Jericho Brown.
Reading with Tommy Pico here today is one of Seattle’s finest, poet Sarah Gilvin. The newly launched Seattle-based Gramma Books has published her new collection, Ugly Time, as one of its first publications - making this an auspicious launch.
“Sarah Galvin is my favorite poet, and Ugly Time is the most essential book of poems for These Troubled Times; through these poems is a way into the mad lantern of Galvin's imagination. Each of these poems is as bright as a thousand hilarious suns, as heartbreaking as a snow day cancelling your heart's funeral. Really: this is a holy-grail book, rigorous and and consistently challenging, chilling, and charming. And alarming.” - Monica McClure.