Southeastern poet publishes "Hurricane Party"
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HAMMOND – “Hurricane Party,” a book of poetry by Southeastern Louisiana University English instructor Alison Pelegrin, has been published by the University of Akron Press.
Pelegrin’s third full-length poetry collection celebrates the characters of her native south Louisiana and is influenced by the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. The work was completed with the help of a creative writing fellowship awarded to her by the National Endowment for the Arts.
American poet Elton Glaser said about “Hurricane Party” that “no other poet sounds like Pelegrin, and that’s the sure sign of a writer at the top of her game.” Martha Serpas, author of “The Dirty Side of the Storm,” called Pelegrin “one of the sharpest wits to come out of the Bayou State in a long time.”
A resident of Covington, Pelegrin also is the author of “The Zydeco Tablets,” “Big Muddy River of Stars” and three chapbooks: “Squeezers,” “Voodoo Lips” and “Dancing with the One-Armed Man.” Her poems have been featured in “Poetry Daily,” “The Writer’s Almanac,” as well as various other literary journals.
A recipient of the President’s Medal for Artistic Activity, one of the highest honors Southeastern bestows on faculty, Pelegrin has received fellowships from the Louisiana Division of the Arts and the National Endowment for the Arts and was a Tennessee Williams Scholar at the Sewanee Writers’ Conference.
The book is available in hardback and paperback through the University of Akron Press, www.uakron.edu/uapress, 1-877-UAPRESS.