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Local poet conjures magic in “Driving the Tender Desert Home” – reads at Reno’s Sundance Books

By Miriam Hodgman

img141Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m., a poetry reading and reception to celebrate the publication of Shaun T. Griffin’s latest chapbook, “Driving the Tender Desert Home” (Limber Lost Press, 2014) will happen at Sundance Books and Music in Reno.

“The world conjured by ‘Driving the Tender Desert Home’ begins with the cover image, an impression of mountains, sky, and wild horses. This is a beautiful chapbook, lovingly assembled on high quality paper that is a pleasure to touch and hold. Within its pages, we read poems that captivate and resonate, journeying from the beaches of Latin America to the snowfields of the arctic to the weightless realm of outer space. At the same time, Griffin plumbs the depth of inner experience. His ability to give words to the feelings we didn’t know we had is a rare and precious gift,” Krista Lukas, Fans of My Unconscious, is quoted as saying of “Driving the Tender Desert Home.”

The event is Wednesday, July 23, from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Sundance Books and Music, 121 California Avenue, in Reno. Learn more at www.sundancebookstore.com.

Shaun T. Griffin is the co-founder and director of Community Chest, a rural social justice agency serving children and families in northwestern Nevada since 1991. For over twenty years he has taught a poetry workshop at Northern Nevada Correctional Center and publishes a journal of their work, Razor Wire. His latest books include This Is What the Desert Surrenders, New and Selected Poems, and From Sorrow’s Well: The Poetry of Hayden Carruth. He received the Rosemary McMillan Lifetime Achievement in Art Award in 2006, awarded by Sierra Arts Foundation, and the Governor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1995.

This event is made possible through a partnership with Nevada Humanities and with support from the Nightingale Family Foundation.

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