Pegasus and Poetry Flash Present: Rusty Morrison & Steve Rood

Jun 12 2024 - 7:00pm


On Wednesday, June 12th at 7pm, Pegasus Books Downtown is thrilled to welcome acclaimed East Bay poets Rusty Morrison and Steve Rood, co-presented by Poetry Flash! Each longtime friends of Pegasus, Morrison and Rood will read from and discuss their new collections, introduced by Richard Silberg of Poetry Flash.

Morrison, co-founder and co-publisher of Omnidawn, will be releasing her sixth collection, RISKfrom Black Ocean. Rood, author of 2022's Naming the Wind (Omnidawn) will be releasing music from behind a stone wall, also out from Omnidawn this summer. Copies of each collection will be available for purchase and signing. It's sure to be a special night at Pegasus with Poetry Flash & friends - see you there!

About the poets:

Rusty Morrison is the author of five books: After Urgency (winner of Tupelo's Dorset Prize), the true keeps calm biding its story (winner of the Ahsahta's Sawtooth Prize, James Laughlin Award, N.California Book Award, and DiCastagnola Award), Beyond the Chainlink (finalist for the NCIB Award & NCB Award), Whethering (winner of the 2004 Colorado Prize for Poetry from the Colorado State Center of Literary Publishing), and Book Of the Given. She's a recipient of fellowships from Civitella Ranieri, UC Berkeley ARC's Poetry & the Senses Program, and others. She teaches, gives writing consultations, and co-publishes Omnidawn. She lives in Richmond, CA.

Steven Rood is a poet and practicing trial lawyer. His new collection is Music from Behind a Stone Wall. Jeffrey Kingman (author of Beyond That Hill I Gather) says, "Steven Rood’s Music From Behind a Stone Wall is a deep, expansive dive into a very personal journey. It has a slow burn that accumulates power. The poems are striking for their directness, clarity, and piercing honesty.” Rood's previous book, Naming the Wind, was published by Omnidawn in June 2022. An earlier iteration of that manuscript was a 2019 National Poetry Series Finalist. Rood's poems appear in Quarterly West, Marin Poetry Center Anthology, Fugue, Lyric, Hayden's Ferry Review, Tar River Poetry, New Letters, The Marlboro Review, The Atlanta Review, The Southern Poetry Review, and elsewhere.

About the books:

Risk by Rusty Morrison

From the co-publisher of acclaimed poetry press Omnidawn, Risk engages directly with limitations, both those that structure the literal form of the poems and literary form and those that are both unavoidable and self-inflicted.

In Risk, award-winning poet Rusty Morrison embraces the art of constraint, weaving her verse within the tight embrace of seven-syllable segments, punctuated by deliberate pauses. Inspired by the philosophical insights of Hélène Cixous, who posits that “the border is both a barrier and a gateway,” Morrison navigates the intricate dance of boundaries. Through her carefully framed verse, she seeks not only to understand the limits that define us but to challenge and transcend them. Risk is a daring journey, inviting us to confront what lies beyond the borders of comfort and convention.

music from behind a stone wall by Steven Rood

A collection expressing musical experience and daily life through poetry.

The poems in Steven Rood’s newest collection take on a musical sensibility as they flow from the poet’s sixty years as a classical guitarist who remains preoccupied with the tonalities of daily life. Each poem in music from behind a stone wall comes together to build a multi-layered symphony that reveals the delights and travails of family life and moments of intimate connection with animals and plants. At the core of the book are poems considering the overwhelming task of trying to communicate the essence of musical experience via the written word. This is a book of grief and joy sung with lyric acuity, vivid images, and formal variation.

Music from Behind a Stone Wall - Rood, Steven


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2349 Shattuck Ave
Berkeley, CA 94704
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ISBN: 9781939568762
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Published: Black Ocean - May 14th, 2024

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ISBN: 9781632431271
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Published: Omnidawn - July 6th, 2024

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