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Poetry Reading with Gina Myers & Allison Seay!

  • Chop Suey Books 2913 West Cary Street Richmond, VA, 23221 United States (map)

Join us for a poetry reading with Gina Myers, author of Philadelphia, and Allison Seay, author of To See the Queen. Free and open to the public.


About Philadelphia: Barrelhouse's first chapbook is "Philadelphia” by Gina Myers. This long poem is full of grit, hope, and pragmatic realism. What we love about Gina’s work is that it showcases a sharp, lyrical take on the world--from interactions at work to street harassment to the Black Lives Matter movement. The poem circles around the questions that lie at its center - What does it mean to navigate a new city? What does it mean to try to feel at home? When there are so many reasons to leave, why stay? Letterpressed by Friedrich Kerksieck/Small Fires Press, hand-sewn. Cover art by Emma Fick.

About Gina Myers: Gina is the author of A Model Year (2009) and Hold It Down (2013). Her essays and reviews have appeared in FanzineFrontier PsychiatristColdfront MagazinePhiladelphia Review of Books, and other places. Originally from Saginaw, Michigan, Myers lives in Philadelphia. Selections from the poem “Philadelphia” appeared in The Brooklyn Rail and Bedfellows.

About Allison Seay: Allison Seay is a Richmond native and favorite at Chop Suey Books. She earned a BA in English at Mary Washington College (now University of Mary Washington) in Fredericksburg, Virginia, in 2002 and an MFA in poetry from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 2005. Her honors include publication in such journals as Crazyhorse, the Southern ReviewMeridianArts and Academe, and Pleiades. Her first book manuscript is under consideration and was a semi-finalist for Tupelo Press's First/Second Book Award. She has enjoyed two retreats at the Virginia Center for Creative Arts in Amherst, Virginia. She worked for several years at UNC Greensboro, as assistant director of the MFA Program and associate Editor of the Greensboro Review. She has taught at both UNC Greensboro, Greensboro College, and at Lynchburg College before moving back to Richmond, Virginia.

About To See the Queen: A startling collection from the winner of the 2012 Lexi Rudnitsky First Book Prize in Poetry. In this “hauntingly spectacular debut” (Claudia Emerson, winner of the Pulitzer Prize), Allison Seay portrays a world fraught with the powers of its own harrowing imagination—an inner world of seemingly irreversible retreat and, almost impossibly, of spiritual resurgence. To See the Queen describes the terrain of one woman’s psychological wilderness, only to bless us with the story of its population, growth, and ultimate transcendence.

Earlier Event: April 22
Book Reading with Yaa Gyasi!
Later Event: May 3
Book Launch with Gwen Cole!