From past Picnic featured reader Lisa Gill via Dale Harris....
I wanted to invite you to the celebration for my new book this coming Friday June 11th at 516 ARTS on Central. The Relenting (New Rivers Press), which you can consider either a long poem for two voices or a play, is based on finding a rattlesnake in my living room last September---only now the snake speaks back and is embodied by Kevin Elder of Tricklock. (I've been sewing leg rattles out of pistachio shells for him, much fun!)
It'll be a lovely night and I'd love for you to come out and help me celebrate a book that marked a really pivotal life-experience--I believe the rattlesnake encounter helped reset my nervous system :) and alleviate old trauma stuff. I even have some science to back up my theory... though the end result is simple: more joy!
Have a great week and I'd love to see you Friday. Meanwhile, check out this book cover below! I asked Travis Farnsworth to paint a rendering of the Minoan Snake Goddess and he did a great job and then JB Bryan of La Alameda Press designed the book beautifully!
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Happy summer to you! And art, writing, music, film, the whole creative shebang!