Blue Cypress Books presents a book signing with Peter Cooley and Maeve Holler

NEW ORLEANS (press release) – Blue Cypress Books will host a book signing with poets Peter Cooley and Maeve Holler on Saturday, March 23 at 2 p.m. Mr. Cooley signs his latest book, “Accounting For The Dark.” Mrs. Holler signs her new book, “How to Leave Your Family.”

This event is free and open to the public and will take place at the bookstore, located at 8123 Oak Street, New Orleans, LA 70118. Copies of Mr. Cooley, Take the dark into account (Carnegie Mellon University Press, February 2024) can be purchased through our website or in person at the event. Mrs. Holler’s book How to leave your family (Eindlijnpers, February 2024) can be purchased by calling or emailing the store or in person at the event. More about the event here.

Taking the dark into account: A poet struggles with faith and loss in the wake of the pandemic. In these poems, Peter Cooley encounters both the political reality of loss from the pandemic in New Orleans and personal loss from the deaths of family members and friends. Death is a constant in this book of elegies, but the redemptive power of representation is persistent as this poet of faith commemorates imagined and lived experiences.

How to leave your family, inspects the idea of ​​family, its creation and destruction, and what it really means to be a part of it. The book poetically and speculatively tells the life story of Holler’s late grandmother – who grew up in Mississippi, escaped an abusive relationship and fled to Georgia, leaving her two children behind – and the mass of folklore that has always surrounded her. Holler’s poems follow the aftermath of this story, picking up the pieces her grandmother left behind, and together ultimately taking the form of a multigenerational coming-of-self story of testimony.

Peter Cooley: I am originally from the Midwest and have lived more than half my life in New Orleans, where I was the Director of Creative Writing at Tulane University for forty-two years. The author of twelve collections of poetry, I was Louisiana Poet Laureate from 2015-2017.

MAEVE HOLLER is an editor, writer, poet and educator. In 2020, she received a Master of Fine Arts degree from the University of Miami, where she taught creative writing and English composition courses as a Michener Fellow. In 2017, she received her BA in English and Gender and Sexuality Studies from Tulane University in New Orleans.

Maeve’s writing, which focuses on portraying working-class experiences and retelling familial folklore, has appeared or is forthcoming in The Boiler Journal, Leveler, Scalawag, The Cardiff Review, Wildness, Mantra Review, Lotus-Eater Magazine and elsewhere. Her complete poetry manuscript, HOW TO LEAVE YOUR FAMILY, will be published by Finishing Line Press in 2024 and was awarded the First Book Scholarship from GASHER Journal in 2019. Maeve is the recipient of the 2020 Alfred Boas Poetry Prize for her poem “SELF PORTRAIT AS BLACK HOLE,” and was most recently nominated for a 2023 Pushcart Prize by poet and editor Holly Iglesias.

Over the past eight years, Maeve has worked in editorial, communications, copywriting and marketing positions for various organizations. Maeve currently works as a communications manager for World Coffee Research and lives in New Orleans, LA.

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