First Saturday Poetry Series - Lois Levinson and Karen Douglass

Every first Saturday we host poets! This month come to hear from Lois Levinson and Karen Douglass. Lois will be reading from her latest book Before It All Vanishes, and Karen will be reading from her book, Red Goddess Poems.

Mingling and Happy Hour specials from 4:30 PM! Readings begin at 5:30 PM.

About Lois Levinson:
Lois Levinson's poetry engages the reader in the fullness of a fleeting moment.  She seeks the extraordinary in the everyday, finds clarity in fog, ponders life's fragility and takes us to the threshold of that elusive passage into another world.

In her first chapbook, Crane Dance, she combines her passion for birds with a whimsical view into what just might lie beyond the merely visible.  Her insights into the workings of the natural world are made into poetry that explores our emotional connection with birds and our mutual habitat.

Lois is a graduate of the Poetry Book Project at Lighthouse Writers Workshop in Denver.  In addition to Crane Dance, she is the author of Before It All Vanishes, a full-length book of poems forthcoming in spring, 2018 from Finishing Line Press. Her poems have appeared in Bird’s Thumb, Clementine Poetry Journal, The Corner Club Press, These Fragile Lilacs, Mountain Gazette, The Literary Nest, Gravel, Literary Mama, Yew Journal and Mount Hope.

About Before It All Vanishes:
Poetry that examines our fragile world with clarity, irony and humor.

Red-winged blackbirds, snowy egrets, wrens, owls, woodpeckers—even a “Hitchcock of crows”—there’s no shortage of birds in Lois Levinson’s Before It All Vanishes. But the bountiful world of winged creatures is not Levinson’s most ardent concern. She keeps an equally close eye on the human world, weighing its fragilities, as well as its blessings. Aptly titled, the book focuses its indomitable light on everything Levinson’s eye touches before it all vanishes. What she learns from her sedulous observations—about herself and the rest of us humans— permeates this fine first collection.

–Andrea Hollander, author of Landscape with Female Figure: New & Selected Poems, 1982 – 2012

Whether she’s writing about an aging friend, a son deployed to Afghanistan, a bristlecone pine gnarled by wind, a trail left by fearful migrants, or the great plenitude of birds that come into her ken, Levinson’s poems survey our vanishing world with a sharp eye, an open heart, and a willingness to see the humor even in our shared human folly. Before It All Vanishes is a generous book, wide-ranging and formally varied but unified throughout by Levinson’s affectionate attentiveness to all things.

–John Brehm, author of Help Is on the Way

As its title suggests, Lois Levinson’s Before It All Vanishes, witnesses to our evanescent world in all its danger and absurdity, its sadness and wonder.  Levinson’s acute perception parts the veils of our daily preoccupations so that “ordinary objects/appear extraordinary.” Levinson creates a poetics of the shifting ecosystems of thought, taking the reader to “a time before/you took/human shape” and marking out “a constellation/of color and motion” that stitches webs across the disparate fragments of experience.  This is a poetry of recognitions, a poetry that can read the story in the trail and lead us to a place where we are untethered and free.

–Elizabeth Robinson, author of On Ghosts

About Karen Douglass:
Karen Douglass has published short fiction, three novels, Accidental Child, Providence and Invisible Juan, and five books of poetry. Karen is a member of Lighthouse Writers’ Workshop, Academy of American Poets, and Columbine Poets of Colorado. She has been twice nominated for the Pushcart Prize. Her publication list is available at

About Red Goddess Poems:
Celtic mythology meets family history in this collection. 

"Red Goddess Poems . . . more tales of magic and stories of enchanted happenings in the life of Cerridwen, the titular red goddess . . ." - Diane Wakoski

"Red Goddess Poems is an astonishing bestiary." - Dan Manzanares

Event date: 
Saturday, September 1, 2018 - 4:30pm
Before It All Vanishes Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635344363
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Finishing Line Press - March 9th, 2018

Red Goddess Poems Cover Image
ISBN: 9781492363309
Availability: Usually Ships in 1-5 Days
Published: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform - November 11th, 2013