Homer Alaska - Arts

Story last updated at 2:00 PM on Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Poet launches new book, poetry series

Homer poet, naturalist and teacher Eva Saulitis launches her new book, "Many Ways to Say It," at a reading and presentation 7:30 p.m. Saturday at Bunnell Street Arts Center. Published by Red Hen Press, her poetry comes from Saulitis' experience living and working in Alaska.

"These poems metamorphose through the book in form and voice, holding image and thought up to an endless light, examining and singing all the refractions and possibilities. 'Many Ways to Say It' is a stunning debut collection of poems we readers can trust and inhabit and relish," said author Derick Burleson.

"She's part scientist, part oboist, part lover, part Latvian, part Alaskan," Alaska Writer Laureate Peggy Shumaker said of Saulitis. "Her smart and passionate poems bring us wildly alive."

Along with the celebration, Saulitis and poets Erin Coughlin Hollowell and Wendy Erd also read, with acoustic guitar music by David Grimes.

The poets also introduce a statewide project, Poems In Place, that started with the installation at Beluga Point of the late Kim Cornwall's poem, "What Whales and Infants Know." The project seeks to install large plaques with Alaska poetry in seven regions of the Alaska State Park system.

A book signing will follow with time for audience questions. Refreshments will be served.