Po­etry read­ing by Ta­nia Pry­put­niewicz, Bar­bara Rock­man, and Robyn Hunt; Kay Tay­lor Bur­nett reads from her thriller Ginger Quill

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Verse and mys­tery

Santa Fe-based po­ets Bar­bara Rock­man and Robyn Hunt are joined by Ta­nia Pry­put­niewicz, from San Diego, for “Fac­ing For­ward, Look­ing Back,” a po­etry read­ing at Gar­cia Street Books (376 Gar­cia St., 505-986-0151) at 2 p.m. on Sun­day, Aug. 9. The three women share an affin­ity for themes of fam­ily, chang­ing re­la­tion­ships, and the power of myth and story to re­claim mem­ory. Rock­man’s book Sting and Nest (Sun­stone Press) re­ceived the New Mexico-Ari­zona Book Award for po­etry in 2012. She is the work­shop di­rec­tor for Wing­Span Po­etry Pro­ject, which of­fers writ­ing classes to clients of Esper­anza Shel­ter for Fam­i­lies, Inc. Hunt is the de­vel­op­ment and com­mu­ni­ca­tions di­rec­tor for Las Cum­bres Com­mu­nity Ser­vices, a so­cial sup­port or­ga­ni­za­tion in Es­pañola for peo­ple with emo­tional and de­vel­op­ment is­sues. The work in her de­but col­lec­tion, The Shape of Caught Wa­ter (Red Moun­tain Press), shares mu­si­cal­ity with Rock­man’s book, but her sounds are harder and her en­jamb­ments more un­com­fort­able, while Rock­man re­lies on im­plicit com­par­isons be­tween her sub­ject mat­ter and ideas that ex­ist out­side of the po­ems. Pry­put­niewicz’s voice is both lyri­cal and nar­ra­tive, and like Rock­man, she of­ten works in col­lab­o­ra­tion with vis­ual artists. Her de­but col­lec­tion, Novem­ber But­ter­fly (Sad­dle Road Press), was pub­lished in 2014.

The Rocky Moun­tains of Colorado, North­ern New Mexico, and the Santa Fe In­sti­tute pro­vide the back­drop for Ginger Quill (iUni­verse), a thriller writ­ten by Kay Tay­lor Bur­nett. Bur­nett, the re­tired pub­lisher of the Desert Moun­tain Times in Alpine, Texas, lived part-time in Santa Fe for many years be­fore set­tling in Naples, Florida. She was a long­time trustee of SFI and, in yet another strong con­nec­tion to small cre­ative com­mu­ni­ties, founded Marfa Public Ra­dio in Marfa, Texas. In Ginger Quill, Mae Maguire flees her ex­hus­band only to be­come im­mersed in a mys­tery in­volv­ing a World War II camp for Ger­man pris­on­ers in Santa Fe. Bur­nett reads and signs copies of her book at 6 p.m. on Wed­nes­day, Aug. 12, at Col­lected Works Book­store (202 Gal­is­teo St., 505-988-4226). — Jen­nifer Levin



Ta­nia Pry­put­niewicz

Bar­bara Rock­man

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