Special Alert

Book Launch: e f g (Hsiung w/ Brigitte Byrd and Gina Abelkop)

  • November 9, 2016
  • 6:30 PM to 7:30 PM
  • Location: Avid Bookshop
  • 493 Prince Ave. 
  • Athens, GA
  • Phone: (706) 352-2060
  • Price: Free

Please join Valerie Hsiung and Action Books in celebration of the Athens release of her third full-length collection of poetry: efg (exchange following and gene flow): a trilogy.

Joining Hsiung as co-headlining readers for the evening will be poets Brigitte Byrd and Gina Abelkop.

Described by the late and great C.D. Wright (National Book Critics Circle Award) as "too wise to be innocent and too fresh to be gnarly... she is one of those poets whom you wish were more populous for they pull you up by the hairroots and remind you that living is serious business and the whole world is in our dirty little hands."

Praise for e f g:

"No matter in what tradition, genre, or period, one of the traits all anabasis literature shares in common is the obligation to be at once familiar, bizarre, and transportive. The place (which in Hsiung’s hands is its own manifold utterance) must spiritually and physically convince, for in Hell (as with this world) conditions demand that the body and spirit be wayfarers together. In Valerie Hsiung’s efg (immediately the title is one of its beautiful agonies) a system of eruptions, lyric cycle, and Hsiung’s signature adamant patience fall together into an underworld where predecessors (both mythic and literary) abound in the same industrious and orchestral way cells in a living structure do. Efg is made out of instinct, fortitude, tribute, and a blasting poetical vision already years in the making and very much its own." -Peter Richards

Avid Bookshop
493 Prince Ave.