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3:15 Experiment Reading 3/15 & Other Launch Events for “Middle of the Night”

March 10, 2011

Please join me Tuesday March 15, 2011 at 7:30pm in the Artists Union Gallery for the first reading from my new poetry collection Middle of the Night Poems From Daughter to Mother :: Mother to Son (en theos press 2011). This is the paperback book edition of the chapbook I produced for the 2010 Women’s Conference.

Pictured is a broadside that was published in ArtLife Limited Editions in November 2003; it’s also on the inside cover of Middle of the Night. The original painting of my pregnant belly by Alan Sailer (with some manipulation by me) is a recurring motif in the book; it’s pictured in color on the back of the book (see below).

After Alan painted the clock, my belly was photographed by Tim Timmermans and I then used an ink printer in blue then copied the poem on top in black. Broadsides were signed and numbered and published in ArtLife Limited Editions in November 2003. I still have some for sale if you are interested.

The shooting star photograph we used for the cover of Middle of the Night is also by Alan Sailer. (Search for him by name on this site to see some of his other amazing photographs!)

As these are poems I wrote for the 3:15 Experiment from 2002-2010, I am excited to share the night with Danika Dinsmore, who began the 3:15 Experiment in 1993. She and I co-edited between sleeps the collection of 3:15 poetry by 24 international participants from the years 1993-2005 (en theos press 2006). I am also excited to hear work from other 3:15 poets in the open mic after my featured reading.

I look forward to seeing you for the reading at the AUG or at one of the other events around my book launch: St Patrick’s Day party at El Jardin Courtyard on Main in downtown Ventura March 17, Ojai WordFest Book Fair March 19 on Matilija Street, and the Ojai Wordfest Well Red event March 25 at Los Caporales outdoor patio by Libbey Park.

The following is from the new revised back cover of Middle of the Night Poems From Daughter to Mother :: Mother to Son:

What do you do in the middle of the night?

the stars fill the sky
whether we notice or not
so much better for us
if we do

from 3:15am August 13, 2010
Pumice Flat Campground, CA

On August nights, Gwendolyn Alley joins the 3:15 Experiment which challenges writers to go beyond the confines of the work-a-day consciousness to discover poetry from “between sleeps.”

Middle of the Night –Poems from Mother to Daughter :: Daugher to Son traces Gwendolyn’s journey and details the joys and challenges of being a daughter, becoming a mother, and losing a mother from the vantage point of August nights from 2002-2010.

These tender honest poems embrace life in all its simple, unpretentious beauty—its elemental beauty—earth, sea, moon, stars, mother, son. –Frankie Drayus

A bicycling activist mama and avid blogger who loves fine wine and offbeat travel, Gwendolyn Alley MA has hooted for owls, parented peregrines, backpacked from Mexico to Canada, and taught mountaineering, yoga, literature, writing, poetry, and blogging. Her publications include poetry broadsides for ArtLife Limited Editions and between sleeps: the 3:15 Experiment 1993-2005 (en theos press) which she co-edited with Danika Dinsmore. Gwendolyn, her husband, and her son live near the beach in Ventura where she teaches at the local college and leads The Write Alley Coaching and Writing Strategies.


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