By Jessica Tyner
—Marvin Bell, nationwide ebook Award Winner for Poetry, Guggenheim Fellowship for inventive Arts, Winner
Jessica Tyner masterfully inspires the gut-punch of human lifestyles, wielding sharply crafted phrases that certain like a well-recognized melody threatening to bend out of track with each revelation.
—Jared Goode, Playwright Orange is the recent Musical
ORYGUN takes you domestic, marrying confessional poetry, whereas tapping deep into the reader’s cravings for an entire literary event. This choice of narrative poems contact on how the landscapes that helped bring up us additionally form us, the intricacies of affection with ourselves and others, and shared human struggles of desire and hope, as we teeter on ever-changing, emotional edges.
We invite you to take pleasure in powerfully evocative and wonderfully written poems from Jessica's 3rd publication of poetry, ORYGUN.
Why ORYGUN? “It’s Ory-gun, now not Ora-gone.” local Oregonians—or those that have assimilated impressively well—have given this admonishment various instances. How anyone publicizes “Oregon” tells you if they’re an area or now not. Jessica Tyner, born and raised in Oregon, grew up seeing the well-known ORYGUN bumper stickers. As you meander father north in the direction of Portland, you’ll spot a peppering of “It’s Willamette, dammit!” stickers jumbled together with the needful “Keep Portland bizarre” instructions. sure, Oregon is a nation thick with towns, streets and rivers with strange, frequently local American-inspired, names and pronunciations from sofa (“Cooch”) to The Dalles (not “Dallas”—that’s one other urban in Oregon!).
For Oregonians, right pronunciation of the gorgeously eco-friendly nation is greater than an issue of delight. It’s a mild nod to the wealthy local American heritage of the quarter, and likewise just like a mystery password to a truly specific club.
Jessica Tyner Mehta is the writer of The final unique Petting Zoo and What Makes an constantly by means of Tayen Lane Publishing, and the inaccurate form of Indian by way of Wyatt MacKenzie Publishing. An award-winning poet, novelist and author, her paintings has seemed in over 50 magazines and journals worldwide, together with “Ray’s street overview” which nominated her poem “Speleology” for a Pushcart Prize.
She has been a featured reader at a variety of literary occasions together with India’s overseas Poetry competition (New Delhi), Wordstock (Portland, Ore.), the foreign Women’s Writing Guild summer season convention (Allentown, Penn.), and Berl’s Poetry book place (Brooklyn). Jessica additionally reads and plays her paintings as a “poetry whore” with the overseas Poetry Brothel sequence, appearing in either Portland and Brooklyn. The express brings overseas poets to the level to embody a character in a Twenties themed occasion the place consumers buy a poet’s time for personal readings. She plays less than the level identify “Savage,” a nod to her local American heritage.
Jessica obtained a Writers within the faculties (WITS) residency from Literary Arts, a educating artist fellowship, and was once a founding member of the organization’s Writers of colour committee. A confessional poet who is predicated seriously on honesty, transparency and narrative ways to writing, her paintings has been applauded by way of poets Marvin Bell and Luis Chaves. Jessica counts poets Kim Addonizio and Li-Young Lee as her maximum poetic inspiration.
Jessica Tyner Mehta is a local Oregonian and member of the Cherokee Nation.
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