Lake Oswego poet releases first collection of poetry
Lake Oswego writer and poet Gina Williams has released her first full-length collection of poetry. Titled "An Unwavering Horizon," presales of the collection are underway through March 6, 2020. Books will be shipped May 1, 2020.
"I have always loved poetry," said Williams. Williams grew up in Sherwood, Oregon, where the junior high had an exceptional literary program. "I loved poetry for its precise language and how emotional it can be. It is very powerful."
Williams writes in a narrative style as she wants to tell a story in her poems.
"I write about human relationships but I try not to be too obtuse, I tell universal stories," she said. "I get inspiration from being outdoors. My mind tends to roam as I am doing mundane chores like pruning trees or chopping wood. The words come onto the page without too much pain or strain."
"An Unwavering Horizon" has been described as a finely crafted collection that explores perspectives and understandings often missed in the hustle and crush of everyday life: the beautiful things, the ugly things, the poetry of things. She takes an honest, questioning look at the hard realities of the human condition, from family crisis to war to our precarious place in the natural world, while also seeking answers and
offering hope for the future.
The highly visual imagery and lyrical, yet grounded poetry of "An Unwavering Horizon" takes the reader on a satisfying and thought-provoking journey through
the natural and human elements of earth: truth; spirit/power; air/love; and water/wisdom.
In addition to being a poet Williams' professional life includes work as a journalist, visual artist, communications professional and gardener for The Wooden Gardener, where she takes care of private landscapes and gardens from Silverton to Portland. She also volunteers at Luscher Farm Community Garden, where she maintains her own garden plot and volunteers for various programs such as children's field trips.
Williams created the cover art for "An Unwavering Horizon," which features a photographic illustration from a sunrise scene in Tygh Valley.
She is a two-time graduate of University of Oregon in Eugene (bachelor's degrees in journalism/English minor, 1992) and Portland (master's degree in strategic communications, 2011).
Williams is married to fellow poet and Lake Oswego attorney Brad Garber.
To pre-order "An Unwavering Horizon" visit www.finishinglinepress.com/product/an-unwavering-horizon-by-gina-williams/
Those pre-ordering will receive a signed and numbered broadsheet copy of a poem printed on fine art paper.
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