Southeastern poet Alison Pelegrin to read at Hammond Regional Arts Center
Tuesday, October 11, 2016
by: Rene Abadie
HAMMOND – Southeastern Louisiana University English instructor Alison Pelegrin will
read from her recently published book of poetry, “Waterlines,” at the Hammond Regional
Art Center’s “Meet the Author” meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 18 at 5 p.m.
The center is located at 217 E. Thomas Street; the event is free and open to the public.
The latest in Pelegrin’s four books of poetry, “Waterlines” describes the terrible power of nature as the poems underscore the beauty of Louisiana. The book was published by LSU Press.
A native of New Orleans who has undergone “countless” hurricanes, Pelegrin sees her life as Pre-K and Post-K -- Pre-Katrina and Post-Katrina -- having seen her Northshore home destroyed by falling trees. The homes of her mother and brother were also destroyed or flooded, and the three families huddled together in a rental home while getting their lives back together.
She said she sympathizes with the thousands of people who have been affected by Hurricane Matthew and recent floods. She said, their lives will be changed forever but they will get through it.
Pelegrin’s book, published by LSU Press, was featured Monday (Oct. 10) on the PBS News Hour website pbs.org/newshour/poetry/hurricane-turns-familiar-place-familiar-debris/.