Chip Dameron author of Drinking from the River
Larry Thomas author of As If Light Actually Matters
Monday, March 7th 2016
About Chip Dameron: Chip Dameron is the author of seven collections of poems and a travel book. His poems and essays on contemporary writers have appeared in numerous literary magazines and journals around the country and abroad. A two-time nominee for the Pushcart Prize in poetry and a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, he lives and writes in Brownsville, Texas.
About Drinking from the River: This collection of poems documents the evolution of a talented and original Texan poet through his 40-year career. A seminal figure in the small press movement of the 1960s and ’70s in Texas, Chip Dameron explores the complexities of the inner and outer worlds, whether writing about love, death, a bird’s wing, or a painting’s energy. He is both an introspective lyric poet and an environmentally sensitive observer, both globally and in his native Rio Grande Valley. This mature collection contains the best of the poet’s earlier work as well as a number of new poems that reflect his latest preoccupations.
About Larry Thomas: Larry D. Thomas, a member of the Texas Institute of Letters, served as the 2008 Texas Poet Laureate. He has published several award-winning collections of poetry, and in numerous national journals including the Arkansas Review: A Journal of Delta Studies, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, Callaloo, Chattahoochee Review, Christian Science Monitor, Green Hills Literary Lantern, Journal of the American Medical Association, Louisiana Literature, Poet Lore,Puerto del Sol, Review Americana, Right Hand Pointing, San Pedro River Review, Southwest Review, Southwestern American Literature, Texas Review, Town Creek Poetry, and Valparaiso Poetry Review. As If Light Actually Matters: New & Selected Poems, the most comprehensive and definitive collection of his poetry to date, was issued by Texas Review Press in 2015 Among his many honors/awards are two Texas Review Poetry Prizes, two Western Heritage Awards (Western Heritage Museum, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma), the Violet Crown Book Award (Writers’ League of Texas), nomination for the 2007 Poets’ Prize (Nicholas Roerich Museum), and eight Pushcart Prize nominations
About As If Light Actually Matters: The volume draws on nine book-length collections of Thomas’s poetry, and includes a generous selection of new poems. Five of the collections are comprised of poems of geographic place, four of which are set primarily in Texas. His fifth “place” collection is set on the coast of Maine. The poems selected from his remaining collections range in subject matter from outlaw bikers to emphasis; from the avian world to an asylum for the criminally insane.