Press Release April 6, 2001:
Accents Publishing is proud to announce:
by Bianca Spriggs is now available from Accents Publishing. How Swallowtails Become Dragons is part of the Accents Publishing Winged Series, which features selections from Accents Publishing chapbook contests.
"In How Swallowtails Become Dragons, Bianca Spriggs proves herself to be a poet of metamorphosis - a shape shifter, a medium for the dead and imagined. She speaks for those long silenced and for those who remind us to never make a pact with our own silence. In these pages we meet Sweet Evenin' Breeze; Orfeu Negro; the Boabab Girl; and even Eurydice Thomas, a lazarus slave sold dead for parts. But in these pages we also meet a poet who is willing to welcome the wild into her own house, and even into her sleep - a poet willing to reach deep into the dark depth and mine that bit of light last remaining." - Rebecca Gayle Howell, Author of The Hatchet Buddha Perfect Bound.
Last night I dreamt you loved my earrings. They were simple: silver shells hinged by iridescent plastic beads. You wanted to see them up close, fascinated by whatever made them shine that way in fluorescent light. So you tugged too hard when I let you pull on my left lobe. Still laughing, I awoke wanting to call you and to know what your favorite candy is, what music you like to listen to while walking the dogs. I wanted to be closer to you than pages cleaving to a spine.
Affrilachian Poet and Cave Canem Fellow Bianca Spriggs is a freelance instructor of composition, literature, and creative writing. She holds degrees from Transylvania University and the University of Wisconsin. She is a Kentucky Humanities Council Lecturer and the creator and programmer of the Gypsy Poetry Slam featured annually at the Kentucky Women Writers Conference. Heralded as "the new standard bearer for the Affrilachian Poets" by founding member Frank X Walker, Bianca is the author of Kaffir Lily (Wind Publications) and her work may also be found in the anthologies New Growth: Recent Kentucky Writings and America! What's My Name? and the journals Union Station Magazine, Appalachian Heritage Magazine, TORCH, Pluck!, Alehouse, and others.
Bianca Spriggs's How Swallowtails Become Dragons has a 90-second YouTube book trailer, in which she reads the title poem from her new book, How Swallowtails Become Dragons.
Accents Publishing 2011 - $5.00 ISBN: 978-1-936628-01-8
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