On June 15 respected social advocate and therapist, Lora René Tucker will debut her first book, Writes of Passage with a book talk at the New York Public Library, Harlem Branch located 9 West 124th Street from 6 to 8:00 p.m. Ms. Tucker has compiled her best works and written her first book of poetry and prose.
Writes of Passage is an eclectic collection of free verse poetry inspired by Tucker’s daily encounters. She classifies the poems as a written representation of the pictures, people, and events that move through life and make their mark in our journey. Each poem is named after the exact person, place or thing that provided inspiration including “Thug” which gives a depiction of the stereotypical young urban man.
Jennifer Gonnerman, 2004 National Book Award nominee, commented that, “Lora René Tucker has produced an extraordinary collection of poems that is, by turns, sensual and fiery, wise and funny, provocative and heart-breaking. From “Subway Serenade” to “Harlem Sends Her Love” she offers up the powerful reminiscences of a true New York City girl. Her sharp observations about everything from the politics of nail salons to the perils of falling in love will elicit more than a few knowing nods, as readers discover Tucker’s remarkable ability to capture the messy emotional landscape of our 21st-century world.”
Writes of Passage is the cumulation of over 30 years of writing poetry; her first poem being a reactionary poem about the Vietnam War at the tender age of nine. “I always felt an affinity to the written word. I just found it easier to express a thought swimming in my head with either a paint brush or pen and paper,” said Tucker. Since that time an abundant amount of her works have been featured in publications including: Phati’tude Literary Magazine and The Pen/Poetic Expressions newsletter and on Poetz.com. She is a member of The Poetry Project, The Academy of American Poets and The Poetry Society of America.
The book talk will start with a private media reception where local reporters and bloggers will have the opportunity to speak directly with the Brooklyn native and début author about her work from 6 to 6:30 p.m.
The event will open to the public at 6:30 p.m. Tucker will share passages from her book of poetry and prose with the audience. A brief question and answer period will follow. Guests will have the opportunity to purchase Writes of Passage and have it signed beginning at 7:15 p.m. while enjoying complimentary appetizers and refreshments.
Both the book talk and signing are open to the public and free by registering at www.eventbrite.com/writesofpassage. To obtain media credentials, attend the media reception or for more information please email email@example.com
Harlem World priced at $20.99