• By Candace Brennan
  • Posted Friday, March 25, 2011

In the Palms of Angels with Poet Terri Kirby Erickson

FCPL and Press 53 are partnering to bring a wonderful National Poetry Month event to the Library. Terri Kirby Erickson will read from her newest collection, In the Palms of Angels. Please join us for a memorable afternoon with a special, local North Carolina poet.

Central Library Auditorium
April 10th at 2:00 pm
For more information, phone 336-703-3022 or email brennacm@forsyth.cc

Terri Kirby Erickson is the award-winning author of two previous collections of poetry, including Telling Tales of Dusk, which was published by Press 53 in 2009 and reached #23 on The Poetry Foundation Contemporary Best Sellers list in 2010. Her poetry has appeared in numerous literary journals, anthologies and publications, including The Christian Science Monitor, JAMA and the North Carolina Literary Review, and has been nominated for the Pushcart Prize and Best of the Net Award. Her awards include First Prize honors from The Writers’ Ink Guild and the Carteret Writers Award for Poetry. She lives in Lewisville with her husband, Leonard—where most of the time it’s so quiet you can hear a cloud’s wheels squeak as it rolls across the sky.

Visit Terry Kirby Erickson’s Website

“Terri Kirby Erickson's In the Palms of Angels invites us to enter the world of everyday life made numinous by the poet's voice. "Heaven," for example, becomes a real place with white curtains billowing, the cry of gulls, the sizzle of bacon, a place where one wakes up among the things and people one has loved. Her poems become metaphorical palms in which angelic encounters are cradled.” -- Kathryn Stripling Byer, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina and author of Wildwood Flower and Coming to Rest

“There is no store-bought redemption pasted to the ends of these poems, but neither will you find hopelessness, self-pity, a turning away from the world. What you will find at the core of all these poems is the timeless North Carolinian’s beneficent but ungilded witnessing.” -- Ron Powers, Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, co-author of True Compass/em> and Flags of Our Fathers

"More than a poet, Terri Kirby Erickson is the best friend you always wanted, the kind you can count on both to tell you the truth, and to help you bear it. Her poems shimmer like moonlight on water in the farthest corners of your soul." -- Sharon Randall, syndicated columnist and author of Birdbaths and Paper Cranes

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