Gina Ferrara lives in New Orleans. Her collections include The Size of Sparrows, Ethereal Avalanche, Amber Porch Light, Carville: Amid Moss and Resurrection Fern, and Fitting the Sixth Finger, a collection of poems inspired by the paintings of Marc Chagall. She teaches English and creative writing at Delgado Community College. Her poetry has appeared in Callaloo, anderbo, Valley Voices, The Poetry Ireland Review, and others.
11:45 a.m. to 1 p.m.
State Capitol Building, House Committee Room 1
Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse
1:15 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
2:15 p.m. to 3 p.m.
State Library, Fifth Floor Capitol View Room
Louisiana Poets, Part II
3:15 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Barnes & Noble Bookselling Tent
Fitting the Sixth Finger
In Fitting the Sixth Finger Gina Ferrara enters the poem with the same tenderness we come to see in the work of Marc Chagall. Each poem here is built on an armature of faith, each poem a belief in miracle and mystery, each poem a devotional of color and line and the naming of things we might have thought unnameable. —Darrell Bourque, former Louisiana Poet Laureate
Gina Ferrara is an extravagantly talented poet, and Fitting the Sixth Finger contains one gem of a line after another. The book is a feast of imagination and music. Colorful, smart, and subtle, with delight and surprise tucked into every niche and under each lovely petal, Ferrara’s wild and original bouquet offers a fitting tribute to the genius of Chagall. —Annie Finch
Gina Ferrara’s readers know her work as much for its engagement in political anguish as for its homage to the natural wonders of the Deep South. But this time her “dexterous muse” has brought us an unexpected panoply of color and sound, a sheer celebration of Chagall’s genius that is finally the poet’s own love song. Like so many of Chagall’s mysterious paintings, the poems in Fitting the Sixth Finger oscillate indiscriminately between memory and dream, images observed and those only imagined, as they draw us close with their quiet color and vivid music. From an “improvised genesis, in short, effortless breaths,” each poem beckons and enchants, stealing details from Chagall or dowsing us with Ferrara’s own set of figures in poems that shimmer and shine, “glinting with the sheen of a wish. —John Gery
Nasty Women Poets: An Unapologetic Anthology of Subversive Verse (contributor)
An anthology of poems from women who proudly celebrate their own nastiness and that of other women who have served as nasty role models; poems by and about women defying limitations and lady-like expectations; women refusing to be "nice girls;" women embracing their inner bitch when the situation demands it; women being formidable and funny; women speaking to power and singing for the good of their souls; women being strong, sexy, strident, super-smart, and stupendous; women who want to encourage little girls to keep dreaming.
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