Ungatherable Things An Evening with Word Portland

Thursday, September 12th at 7pm

Ungatherable Things: A Word Portland Anthology edited by Emily Jane Young and Danielle LeBlanc

Please join us on Thursday, September 12th at 7pm for an evening with the contributors to Word Portland's newest anthology, Ungatherable Things. Featured authors include: Amy Bergen, Elena Kirillova, Zachary Lavoie, Michelle Menting, Douglas W. Milliken, Philip Shelley, Martin Steingesser, and Jeri Theriault.

From the introduction by Emily Jane Young:

"Our second anthology is drawn from writers who have read aloud for us in the last three years. In it we have attempted to collect the ungatherable in moments of writing that resonate palpably. These writers have conjured impressions that pop open in our minds, show us the world we know as if it is new. In Suzanne Langlois’ “Eggplant,” she shows us a heart beating “at the speed of new love” that we can feel when we read it, that does describe the rich purple of an eggplant, the quivering life of a new bird. In “What You Can Do In San Francisco Now,” Nadia Prupis illustrates a universal paradox of cynicism in optimism, in how we can give side-eye to the bubbly roommates who turn “PAIN” into “RAINBOW,” and still feel buoyed by their dancing. In Patricia O’Donnell’s “Where Late the Sweet Birds Sang,” we feel the pain of loss and empathy, but also the strange conflict of carrying secrets that may disintegrate into loss before they’re told. There are so many more things to tell you about in here—stories of family and sexuality and social failure and what to do about the future—but it’s better that you just go ahead and read them. In asking for these pieces, categorizing them by whatever feelings they gave us, rereading them until we thought we understood them—or knew they spoke to us, even if we didn’t understand them yet—we found the words gatherable, even if the ideas, inclinations, and emotions are not."

A collection of poetry and prose, this anthology contains works by 22 local writers. Featured authors include Benjamin Aleshire, Amy Bergen, Wil Gibson, Rage Hezekiah, Elena Kirillova, Prateek Kunwar, Suzanne Langlois, Zackary Lavoie​, Courtney LeBlanc,  Kevin McLellan, Michelle Menting, Douglas W. Milliken, Patricia O'Donnell, Dawn Potter, Alison Prine, Nadia Prupis, Matt Robinson, Philip Shelley, Tanner Olin Smith, Martin Steingesser, Meg Stout, William Stratton, Jeri Theriault, Stowell P. Watters, Duncan Whitmire, and Emily Jane Young.


Event date: 
Thursday, September 12, 2019 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
1 Monument Way
Portland, ME 04101