I’m looking forward to sharing some poems from Inheritance Of Aging Selfas well as some newer work at the September 1rst Diverse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading at the Casey Center (810 S Frederick Ave, Gaithersburg, MD 20877) at 7 pm. CL will be the other featured reader and there is an open mic as well. Great thanks to Kristin Kowalski Ferragut for inviting me to read! I’ll have copies of my book with me if you would like to buy a copy, autograph and quilted bookmark included!
The schedule for the Gaithersburg Book Festival is now online and you can find both the adult and children’s schedules here! I will be talking about Inheritance Of Aging Self at 11:15 at the Edgar Allen Poe Tent on a panel with Jay Hall Carpenter and Lisa Tice, moderated by Shaquetta Nelson and I’ll be signing books (available for purchase at the book festival) right after the panel concludes. This is an amazing book festival with something for people of all ages and interests and this year there is a full day of poetry panels for the first time! The festival is at Bohrer Park in Gaithersburg, MD.
I am delighted to be one of the poets presenting at the Gaithersburg Book Festivalthis year on May 21rst. Cross fingers, this is planned as an outside event, hopefully won’t have to be moved online this year, but details and the time I’ll be presenting when we get much closer.
I am so grateful to Kristin Kowalski Ferragut for interviewing me about my book, quilting, and more. Kristin is a gifted poet, artist, and musician and has also interviewed a number of other poets and you should definitely check out all of that on her website!
Here is a snippet from the interview:
“You create some beautiful visual arts in your quilting. Might you describe something about that part of your life? It seems to me another full-time occupation — contests, articles, photoshoots… How do you fit it all in? What is the most rewarding aspect of that work? And might you describe your approach to creating a piece?
Thank you! I have always been a multi-creative and quilting has been on my bucket list of things that I wanted to do for a long time. I gave it a try many years ago but really didn’t have the time to pursue it at that point. And then it dawned on me a few years ago after seeing some gorgeous quilts in a show that it might be a good time to delve back into it. I am almost entirely self-taught, so the learning has always been part of the journey.
Quilting is part idea, part puzzle-solving, part meditation for me. When you are quilting, it is best to stay focused, presuming you don’t want to poke or cut yourself, not to mention actually get all the pieces to fit together and stay together, so that focus is a way for me to clear my head of all the other mayhem of the day. I’ve always had an affinity for making art that brings joy and makes you smile and quilting my way through the pandemic has ensured that I have a readily available supply of pretty things even when everything else is a mess…”
I am thrilled to be reading at the January 8th DiVerse Gaithersburg Poetry Reading along with the great Teri Ellen Cross Davis, hosted by Kristin Kowalski Ferragut. This will be the first in-person DiVerse reading since the series shut down because of the pandemic and Kristin’s first time as host and my first time not hosting, quite the number of turning points to celebrate! The reading will be from 1:30-3:00 pm at the Quince Orchard Library (15831 Quince Orchard Rd./Gaithersburg 20878) and will be followed by an Open Mic. Please note the switch from Sunday to Saturday and the time change from the old schedule. Feel free to bring a poem that you have written to share (one page maximum).
I am humbled and grateful for this lovely review by Kristin Kowalski Ferragut of Inheritance Of Aging Self in the latest issue of Beltway Poetry Review. Many thanks as well to Beltway editors Sara Cahill Marron and Indran Amirthanayagam.
Here is a screenshot of the first paragraph:
Click here for links to the usual book buying options.
Grateful to Ann Bracken for interviewing me about poetry, my book, and quilting. Such great questions! Here’s a snippet from the interview:
AB: I love the poem “My Grandmother’s Tea Cups”—it’s so evocative of time spent with an older loved one. You so skillfully parallel the younger you with the older you. Tell me about the bond you have with your grandmother.
LM: I’m so glad that you love it. Although it is written in singular person, it is really about my relationships with both of my grandmothers. My maternal grandmother had a collection of tea cups that she kept in a curio cabinet and I used to love to look at them when I was little. I still have 2 of the cups. My other grandmother used to take me for tea in a little shop where we would order jasmine tea and talk about the things that were happening in our lives. I cherish both their memories.
Thank you so much Serena Agusto-Cox for this amazing review of my book! It really captures what the book is about. I wanted to pull one bit to quote here and it was really hard to do because every word is so spot on. I’ll just quote this:
“Inheritance of Aging Self by Lucinda Marshall is about the universal, solitary journey we all travel on. Don’t be mistaken, we are journeying with our past, present, and future side-by-side and no one can reconcile those facets of our selves but us. We must come to terms with all that we are and what remains, what we leave behind, how others will know us and remember us, and what pursuits will be of greatest importance in our waning years. That “Unicorn” is in the surf, it’s just out of reach unless we’re willing to believe and lunge forth toward it.”
As Serena notes, we workshop together, and have worked together in the poetry community in a number of ways. I’m proud to know her, and if you haven’t checked out her poetry as well as her book reviews and poetic book tours, you definitely should at savvyverseandwit.com.
You can now watch the video from my reading with The Inner Loop, my five minutes of fame starts at the 19:35 min. mark. Many thanks to Rachel Coonce and Courtney Sexton for inviting me to read with them!
Lucinda Marshall is the author of the full-length poetry collection, Inheritance Of Aging Self (Finishing Line Press,2021) and is the Founder of the DiVerse Gaithersburg (MD) Poetry Reading. In addition to being a writer, she is also an artist, quilter, and digital graphic designer.