Southeastern poet publishes “Waterlines”

Thursday, September 1, 2016Alison Pelegrin
by: Tonya Lowentritt

WATERLINES – Southeastern Louisiana University English Instructor Alison Pelegrin has published her fourth book of poetry called “Waterlines.” The book describes the power of nature, as well as Louisiana’s beauty.

     HAMMOND – “Waterlines,” a book of poetry by Southeastern Louisiana University English Instructor Alison Pelegrin, has been published by LSU Press.
     Pelegrin’s fourth full-length poetry collection describes the terrible power of nature even as the poems underscore Louisiana’s beauty.
     Water, even the threat of hurricanes and floods, can sustain people as they settle into the casual beauty of their everyday lives, the poet said.
     American poet Sheryl St. Germain said about Pelegrin, “I love her bold and impudent voice, her unflinching vision. I would trust her to take me anywhere.” David Kirby, author of “Get up, Please,” said “Pelegrin stays close to her roots yet journeys out and back, ranging widely and then coming back home to tap strength and sustenance. In the end ‘Waterlines’ is a big, big book.”
     A resident of Covington, Pelegrin also is the author of “The Zydeco Tablets,” “Big Muddy River of Stars, “Hurricane Party,” 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 through, at local bookstores or through the LSU Press, or 1-800-848-6224.

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