Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Threads Give Way by Shannon K. Winston

Congratulations to Shannon K. Winston on her first published book of poetry, Threads Give Way (Cold Press Publishing)!

Shannon and I met at the Prague Summer Program (hosted by Western Michigan University) the summer of 2004. A lovely poet who has traveled the world, we lost touch and were reconnected by a friend through Facebook (to all those Facebook naysayers, see? It does have the power to do good.) I attended her book launch reading the other day at the University of Michigan and enjoyed her poems which had a deep sense of observation of the world around her.

For the writers reading this blog, Shannon inadvertently offered a creative writing prompt. She prefaced a poem by describing how she likes to start each day swinging on a park swing. She suggested, “try starting the day with your feet in the air.” A lover of swings, I think this is a great idea. I challenge you to try this more physical start to a poem and see what comes to mind. Perhaps you want to bring a journal to the park and free-write after swinging.

More about the author and the book:

Shannon K. Winston grew up in Chicago and Paris and has also lived in Italy. Vulnerability, moments of dissolution, and new beginnings are central themes of her poems. In this debut collection she engages in a process of “translation” in which sensory vibrations and murmurings are transformed into language. Winston is currently completing a PhD on perception, aesthetics, and genre in Modernist art in the Department of Comparative Literature at the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor. While her work has appeared in such places as Reed Magazine, Her Circle Ezine, and Two Review (2007, 2009), Threads Give Way will be her first full volume of poetry, as well as the first full length book by a single author published by Cold Press.

Praise for Shannon K. Winston's poetry:

"Immediately I am struck by the splendor of the images in this book, the richness of the reading, the desire to forge a world on the page. Yet I believe Shannon K. Winston’s poetry finds itself even more when passion meets concentration, even more when the words are simple and essential, as it was with the beloved Montale. The poet finds a palpable balance in poems like “Fez, Morocco,” where thought, sound, and emotion converge like “sesame seeds blooming” inside of men’s mouths. Threads Give Way is a mature debut book."
- Antonella Anedda, author of Il catalogo della gioia


Lis said...

This is great! I remember Shannon and cannot wait to read her book! I will also look for her on Facebook to congratulate her! This is such great news! I am so happy for her!

Chloe Yelena Miller said...

Yes! Her reading was wonderful, too!