Literary Nonfiction. Poetry. Religion. Travel. Most of this remarkable book was originally type-written on small pieces of paper as the author, working as a poet in the streets of New Orleans and other cities, observed the scenes around her as well as her inner world. These prose transcripts of time and place, written around and between poems, reflect a poetic sensitivity to the visual and sonic values of words and phrases while exploring language as a tool of pilgrimage and spiritual engagement. Embodying elements of poetry, fiction, and memoir, the book also embraces the realm of collaborative performance art: the sound of clacking keys and spectacle of the typewriter allow the public square to become aware of itself appearing on the page. As the text's creation is performed for the world, the world also performs in the mirror of the text.
Erin Lierl is a teacher and writer in New Orleans. Raised in Northern Kentucky, she studied languages, politics, and culture at Loyola and later Tulane University in New Orleans. In addition to working as a poet, she has worked in adult and refugee education in India, Thailand, and New Orleans. She currently teaches at an alternative high school in New Orleans. This is her first book.Author City: NEW ORLEANS, LA USA