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Gayle Lauradunn

ALL THE WILD AND HOLY:

A Life of Eunice Williams

1696-1785















Release date 10/6


 On Tuesday, the 29th of February, 1704, the inhabitants of Deerfield, Massachusetts were awakened during the pre-dawn dark by an attack of what appeared to be Indians. The attackers burned the village, killed forty-eight villagers, and wounded many more; 112 were taken captive including Eunice Williams.


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Where is my mother?

She lay abed

with Baby Jerusha,

just born. The eighth

child in our family.

It is my job to hold

the newest baby, her

skin soft against my hand.


I need my mother.

I need to hide

beneath her apron.




Gayle Lauradunn's debut collection Reaching for Air was a finalist for the First Best Book of Poetry Award by the Texas Institute of Letters. Her poems have appeared in numerous journals including Zone 3, Adobe Walls, Connecticut River Review, Mas Tequila Review, Tsunami, San Pedro River Review, Sin Fronteras/Without Borders, Blueline, and anthologies including Mother Earth (Sierra Books), Veils, Halos and Shackles :International Poetry on the Oppression and Empowerment of Women, Bearing the Mask: Southwestern Persona Poems, Mycoepithalamia: Mushroom Wedding Poems, and others. Three of her poems are included in the 2015 exhibit "Dirt: Scientists, Writers, and Artists Reflect on Soil and Our Environment" at the University of Puget Sound and in 2017 at Evergreen State College where they were used for student discussion in the Art and Geology Program. A chapbook, Duncan Canal, Alaskaavailable from Grandma Moses Press.


She served as co-organizer of the first National Women's Multi-Cultural Poetry Festival held in 1974 at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. As a member of an editorial collective, she produced Chomo-Uri, a women's literary and arts journal. For her dissertation she created a curriculum for high school students using 20th century American poetry to teach about gender, class, and race. Her anti-Vietnam War activism led to the position of Executive Director of the Veterans Education Project, a group of Vietnam, Korean, and Desert Storm veterans who spoke to high school students about the realities of war and military service. Apart from writing her other passion is travel which has taken her to all 50 states and nearly 30 countries, Antarctica and Bhutan being her favorites.


ALL THE WILD AND HOLY

is a 100 page hand-stitched paper book with spine - $16.00.


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