Walt Whitman Birthplace Presents Book Release by L.I. Author Pat Falk

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Award winning feminist poet, Pat Falk, is releasing her latest book "It Happens As We Speak" at New York's Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center.

The Walt Whitman Birthplace Association will be presenting a book release celebration and reading of "It Happens As We Speak: A Feminist Poetics," L.I. author Pat Falk’s newest book, on October 15, from 1-4. Falk will read from the book as well as poetry from her forthcoming collection of poems, "Crazy Jane." Her first book of poetry, "In the Shape of a Woman," was published by Sag Harbor’s Canio’s editions in 1995. Plain View Press is the publisher for this, her third, which is considered revolutionary in its experimental form.

About her poetry, critics have remarked that "In the Shape of a Woman" is “written with a quiet fortitude...a graceful testament to the pleasure, pain, and endurance of a contemporary woman (Book/Mark)” though writing speaks to everyone, as she “elevates the concept of feminism to one of humanism...that [her] work speaks to the heart of anyone who views their life as a continuing process of conscious refinement” (Long Island Update), and “what the attentive reader feels is an ethereal sense of intimacy—an almost ineffable identification with the persona’s humanity” (New York Beacon).

What Pat Falk has accomplished in her poetry, she has brought to light in an original form of prose. "It Happens As We Speak" is written as journal entries that create a mosaic of nonlinear biography, poetry, literary criticism and scholarship. The book weaves associations, images, reflections, and analysis filtered through the consciousness of a narrator that Alicia Ostriker refers to as "Everywoman...for whom the personal, the poetic, the political, the historic, the mythic...braid together in this saga of the growth of a woman's mind." Molly Peacock writes that "Falk's rare pastiche of memory and lively literary analysis," is “a riveting mix of candor and musing."

Annie Finch calls the book "an intriguing account from the trenches of decades of coming to consciousness as a feminist reader, writer, and member of the literary community. A moving read for those who were there and those who want to know what it was like, and a lively resource for those aiming to understand feminist poetics.”

Pat Falk, an award-winning poet and scholar, is Professor of English at Nassau Community College, where she teaches writing, literature and women’s studies. The celebration and reading will be held at the Walt Whitman Birthplace State Historic Site and Interpretive Center, 246 Old Walt Whitman Road, West Hills, NY 11746-4148. For information, Phone: 631-427-5240, http://www.waltwhitman.org. or http://www.patfalk.net

The event is free; a tour is available for a donation of $3.00 . It’s requested that in consideration of those with allergies and respiratory problems, guests kindly refrain from wearing perfume and cologne.

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