Poets Kaufman, Brown, & Compton Brown

Early Praise for Outwalking the Shadow:

Over the years, I have watched, with admiration, Debra Kaufman steadily and elegantly amasses a body of work that brilliantly illuminates the daily minute-by-minute hazards and epiphanies of abiding in this capricious earth. With both eyes open, a capacious heart, and a lyric, contemplative voice, she graciously, courageously ignites the moment, however flickering, however ephemeral—even harrowing—yet always worthy of her precise, shimmering language. Adrienne Rich wrote, "[s]ensual vitality is essential to the struggle for life.” Kaufman understands this aesthetic perfectly, as well as “the struggle.” Outwalking the Shadow is powerfully and unabashedly sensual, Kaufman at her unflinching absolute best: “one voice lifted / to the troubling, never-ending skies”—a tapestry of praise and righteous caution. What an immaculate, necessary, and beautiful book.

- Joseph Bathanti, former Poet Laureate of North Carolina andauthor of twelve poetry collections

Outwalking the Shadow opens with a wren’s warning song and ends with the poet apologizing to the wren: “I am sorry, sorry, so so sorry, / for what you don’t know is coming.” Still, for all the dark at its heart, this collection is radiant with the lightness of a love for this world. Debra Kaufman’s poetry is clear and emotionally compelling, a lyrical search for identity and truth through pain, loss, and the fierce beauty of nature.

- Judy Goldman, author of Child: A Memoir and Losing My Sister

Joyce Compton Brown is the author of two chapbooks, Bequest (Finishing Line) and Singing with Jarred Edges (Main Street Rag) as well as Standing on the Outcrop (Redhawk Publications). She has published poetry, prose, and art. A Pushcart nominee, she wins or places in an occasional contest and has published in numerous journals. After earning degrees from Appalachian State University and the University of Southern Mississippi, she taught at Gardner-Webb University for a number of years, using summer opportunities for further study in Appalachian culture, roots music, and poetry at Berea College, Hindman Institute, and Appalachian State University. She loves the history carried in music of the commonplace and spends time sketching mostly the old and decrepit. A current major focus is the interconnectedness between ancient cultures and our own times. She lives in Troutman, NC with her husband and cat.

Les Brown is a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina. A retired biologist, Les has poetry, art, and short stories published in journals including: Kakalak, Pinesong, Iodine, Pine Mountain Sand and Gravel, Moonshine Review, Appalachian Heritage and Now and Then. A Pushcart Nominee, Les's book of poetry, A Place Where Trees Had Names, published by Redhawk Publications, focuses on his Blue Ridge farm heritage with its serenity, and family struggles. Les lives with his poet wife and cat in Troutman, NC.

Event date: 
Sunday, May 19, 2024 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm
Event address: 
304 S. Elm St.
Greensboro, NC 27401