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March 2006

Release Date: March 28, 2006

Ellery to Read Poetry from New Book April 5 at ASU

Angelo State University English Professor Chris Ellery will read selections from his new book of poetry “All This Light We Live In” during a book signing at 3 p.m. Wednesday, April 5, at the ASU Bookstore.

The event, sponsored by the bookstore and the ASU Department of English, will kick off the university’s celebration of April as National Poetry Month. “All This Light We Live In” was published by Panther Creek Press of Spring this March.

The poems in “All This Light We Live In” were written over a 30-year period and reflect a variety of subjects, ranging from water aerobics in the ASU pool in “Pool” to the burial of parents in “Palm Sunday.” The style and form of Ellery’s poems range from traditional sonnets to free verse and “found” poetry.

Dr. Ellery said the book’s title reflects his interest in transcendence. “Most of us are trying to find through our experience in this world something beyond that experience. Maybe words can’t get us there, but they can help us get close.”

“Poetry celebrates experience,” Ellery said, “and provides the poet and readers an opportunity for introspection and awareness. Poetry shows we’re human and connects us to one another and to our own lives. People are much more addicted to poetry than they realize. All of us have favorite lyrics that resonate with our lives. We might remember a verse that we read early in our lives. Poetry is a threshold to self knowledge and deepens our involvement with and commitment to life.”

Ellery’s poems have appeared in dozens of journals and literary magazines, including The Chiron Review, New Mexico Humanities Review, Texas Observer and Concho River Review. A chapbook of his poems about the creative process, “ Quarry,” was published in 2005 by Mountain Muse Press.

His poem “Bimaristan Arghun,” set in Aleppo, Syria, where Ellery was a Fulbright Professor of American literature from 1999-2000, won the 2005 Betsy Colquitt Award for best poem of the year in descant, a literary magazine published at Texas Christian University. 

Ellery has taught in the ASU English Department for the past 15 years. Ellery’s guest columns appear occasionally in the San Angelo Standard-Times.