Poet Shelley Girdner, You Were That White Bird

Thursday, June 9th, 2016, 5:30 p.m.

Poet Shelley Girdner visits Gibson's to present an evening of verse as she shares her new book, You Were That White Bird. Shelley’s first full-length poetry collection looks at the way relationships change over the course of a life, and how different they can look with time. Her poems combine birds and biblical imagery with modern relationships.

Shelley will be joined by her colleagues Tom Haines and Meghan Heckman, who will present a reading from an upcoming nonfiction work on a walk through an oil field and an essay, respectively.

Shelley Girdner is the author of You Were That White Bird. Her poems have been published in several journals, including most recently Hunger Mountain and Painted Bride Quarterly, as well as The Indiana Review, Mid-American Review, and others. She’s been a featured poet in the Aurorean, a finalist for the Slapering Hol chapbook prize, and has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize in poetry. She teaches at the University of New Hampshire.

Tom Haines is an Assistant Professor at UNH and his work has appeared in The Boston Globe, The Boston Globe Sunday Magazine, The Atlantic.com, The New York Times, The Seattle Times, The Big Bend Sentinel, and elsewhere. He has three times been named Travel Journalist of the Year in North America.

Meg Heckman is a lecturer in English Journalism at UNH. Her work appears in The Boston Globe, Columbia Journalism Review, and USA Today and elsewhere. Meg writes about politics, culture and new media and maintains her blog, A Site of Her Own: Women, Tech, Journalism.

Event date: 
Thursday, June 9, 2016 - 5:30pm
Event address: 
45 South Main St
Concord, NH 03301
You Were That White Bird: Poems By Shelley Girdner Cover Image
Likely available, but must be ordered by email/phone
ISBN: 9780872332201
Published: Bauhan Pub - May 10th, 2016

Shelley Girdner's first full-length poetry collection looks at the lifespan of a relationship - from the beginning of love until its end, and how different it can look with time and distance. Her poems combine birds and biblical imagery with modern relationships. She splits the book into three sections: "The way desire works," "The blue hood," and "You were that white bird.