CALHOUN NATIVE JAMIE WEAVER PUBLISHES "HARD RAIN, HARD WIND" - Powerful Dialogue About Hardscrabble Families

(02/12/2017)

Finishing Line Press is proud to announce the publication of Hard Rain, Hard Wind, a collection of poems by Jamie Weaver, a Calhoun native.

Hard Rain, Hard Wind is a powerful poetic dialogue about familial shame and reconciliation that emerges between the poet, her grandfather Joe, and several generations of female family members connected to Calhoun County.

“Jamie Weaver’s Hard Rain, Hard Wind poetically decodes letters written by the women in her family to reveal the hardscrabble reality of their lives. In doing so Weaver shows a generosity of spirit, but equally important, a sophisticated psychological and feminist understanding of sexual politics and power that both disturbs and haunts the reader.” - Michelle Citron, Ph.D., Author of Home Movies and Other Necessary Fictions. Professor Emeritus of Interdisciplinary Arts, Columbia College Chicago

“Jamie Weaver’s alchemical excavation of the new from the old, Hard Rain, Hard Wind is a kind of literary revelation of the invisible poetry of her grandfather hidden within found letters and diaries of her female relatives. By embodying the contradiction of composing a voice for a fractious family member, Weaver honors the work of those who care for the difficult, and love them in spite of their difficulties.” - Jenny Magnus, Author of Observations of an Orchestrated Catastrophe: Plays and Performances, Co-Artistic Director of Curious Theatre Branch

Jamie Weaver was born in rural Calhoun, West Virginia, in the heart of the Appalachian Mountains. She holds an MA in English Composition and Rhetoric and an MFA in Interdisciplinary Book and Paper Arts.

In 2014, Weaver served as a Fulbright grantee in Romania, where she taught writing at the University of Bucharest, and she is an internationally exhibited book artist whose artist books can be found in numerous university library special collections throughout the United States.

Her work has been published in The Found Poetry Review and JAB (The Journal of Artists’ Books). Weaver currently teaches writing at New River Community and Technical College in southern West Virginia.

For more information about her work, visit    http://jamiebweaver.wordpress.com

Editor's Note: Jamie Weaver is the daughter of Neva Bailey of Grantsville and the late Jim Weaver of Okinawa, Japan. She grew up on Yellow Creek in the farmhouse once owned by her great grandparents, Frank and Etta Holpp. Her grandparents are Fern Weaver and the late Lauren Weaver of Mt. Zion, and the late Dorma and Joe Frame of Munday. Her book of poetry is inspired by old family letters written to and about her grandfather Joe.

Finishing Line Press P.O. Box 1626 Georgetown, KY 40324, phone 859-514-8966/   LeahMaines@aol.com   or     www.finishinglinepress.com

Author Contact: Jamie Weaver, 170 Violet Lane, Glen Morgan, WV 25813, phone 304-786-0343   jamieweaver@me.com   or   jamiebweaver.wordpress.com


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