Date(s) - April 11, 2023
5:30 pm - 7:00 pm
C.I. Marshall will read from and discuss her new book, The Locksmith Journeys Into the Afterlife
WHERE: TidePool Bookshop in Worcester, MA
WHEN: April 11, 2023 at 5:30pm (ET)
Praise for The Locksmith Journeys Into the Afterlife:
“By turns invitingly conversational and transportingly inventive, C. I. Marshall has the keenest powers of inner and outer observation I’ve encountered in some time. The beloved dead speak, a dog tells of its genealogy, a busker transports us to another continent or metaphysical realm; incandescently imaginative, witty and poised; and yet the poems are profoundly real, breathing with the energy of life fully lived, mistakes fully enjoyed. An intensely musical, narrative joy from poem to poem.”–Luke Kennard, 2022
“The Locksmith Journeys Into The Afterlife is packed with serious play, with surreal realism and deadpan lyricism. C. I. Marshall has the wit of Frank O’Hara– if O’Hara strolled the Walmart, Jiffy Lube or Ornamental Metal Museum. These pages hold fickle-size horses in purses, pineapple tangy in Tupperware, and Kurt Vonnegut at the DMV. This wonderful chapbook reads like a book because of all Marshall packs into it. It’s abundant with delight and insight. It’s crafted and crafty. I enjoyed these poems at every turn.” –Terrance Hayes
C. I. Marshall received an MFA, Creative Writing, Poetry, from CA State University, Long Beach, B.A. Fine Arts, Mills College and was editor for ARTLIFE Magazine. Marshall’s poems have appeared in Verdad, Spillway, Packinghouse Review, Beyond the Lyric Moment: Poetry Inspired by Workshops with David St. John, Birmingham Poetry Review, The Broad River Review, Stone Quarterly Journal and Poems In The Waiting Room, UK.
Marshall’s poem, “Myself As A Playboy Bunny” won the 2018 Verve International Poetry Festival Contest, Birmingham, UK and her poem “What I Love About Love’s” received Honorable Mention in the 2021 Steve Kowit Poetry Prize juried by Dorianne Laux. Marshall’s manuscript The Locksmith Journeys Into The Afterlife was co-winner of the 2022 Frosted Fire First Pamphlet Award, UK and was published by Frosted Fire in January 2023.