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Poet Showcase: Gene Twaronite

November 17, 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

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Gene Twaronite will read from his new collection, The Museum of Unwearable Shoes, answer questions, and sign books.

Artist Statement:

“I am impressed by poetry’s ability to convey entire worlds of thought and feeling within a few lines, and I strive to meet its challenge of precise expression. That creative tension and how various poets deal with it is what I find most compelling about poetry. A strong element of the absurd runs through much of my writing. At times the world seems so fantastic and improbable that I must express it in my poetry, often using humor as a vehicle.

“I seek to explore who we are as a society and as human beings. My poems are not of heroes with lofty goals, but of everyday people—shoppers in a mall, the homeless, or students in the classroom—for whom making it through another day may be their only story. They call attention to the details and textures of ordinary life, making them visible in entirely new ways, and in the process uncovering something of deeper value.”

Gene Twaroite’s poems, essays, and short stories have appeared in numerous print and online magazines, journals, newspapers, and anthologies. He is the author of seven books, including two juvenile fantasy novels and two short story collections. His first poetry book Trash Picker on Mars was published by Aldrich Press (Kelsay Books imprint) in 2016 and was the winner of the New Mexico-Arizona Book Award for Arizona poetry. His second book of poems The Museum of Unwearable Shoes will be published in September 2018. Follow more of Gene’s writing at his website: thetwaronitezone.com


November 17, 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Joel D. Valdez Main Library
101 N Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
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(520) 791-4010