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George Looney: The Visibility of Things Long Submerged

May 22, 2023 @ EST 7:30 pm - 8:15 pm


Dripping with Southern gothic flavors, The Visibility of Things Long Submerged gazes at the holy and the obscene while plumbing gritty secrets of the human heart. With swamps, alligators, revival tents, faith healers, sex, death, guilt, sin and snakes, Looney leads us through a dark landscape brimming with the miraculous and the peculiar alike. Densely populated with characters who know intimately the trials of life and the restorative powers of love, these stories are filled with a deep longing for something beyond the restless disquiet.

“Eloquent and painful, these are hymns to what it means to have human failings and fierce desires in a world where the supernatural is sometimes more real than the real.”—Brian Evenson, author of The Glassy, Burning Floor of Hell

George Looney is the author of three previous award-winning fiction collections—a novella, Hymn of Ash; a novel, Report from a Place of Burning; and a story collection, The Worst May Be Over—as well as 13 collections of poetry, several of which won national awards. He edited the forthcoming posthumous book, The Ceremony of Opening the Mouth: The Poetry and Prose of Douglas Smith

(Hermit Feathers Press). He is Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at Penn State Erie, where he founded a BFA in Creative Writing Program and where he is Editor of the international literary journal Lake Effect.

George Looney will be in conversation with author and poet Peter Conners, Publisher and Executive Director of BOA Editions.

Buy your books at Ampersand and join the conversation:

The Visibility of Things Long Submerged
Birds of Sympathy: Correspondences
Report from a Place of Burning
The Worst May Be Over
Ode to the Earth in Translation
What Light Becomes: The Turner Variations
The Itinerate Circus New and Selected Poems 1995-2020



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May 22, 2023
7:30 pm - 8:15 pm
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