Poetry Festival Preview: Augury

Augury Books

Day: Sunday

Stage: The White Horse

Time: 1:30 PM

Interview with curator editor Kimberly Steele


1. Tell us a little bit about your organization.

Augury Books is an independent press that seeks to reaffirm the diversity of the reading public through the innovative work of emerging & established writers. We are constantly encouraged and humbled by the breadth and depth of fantastic work out there, and we are thrilled to be able to help a little bit more of it see the light of day.

2. Who is reading in your slot at the Festival and why?

Three of our authors: Carter Edwards, David Joel Friedman and Paige Lipari. Each poet’s work represents — and helped build — Augury’s character and personality.

3. Who else are you looking forward to seeing at the Festival?

Always a pleasure to see Lauren Hunter, Adam Yeager, Matthew Zingg, Alina Gregorian, Timothy Donnelly, Cate Marvin, Michael Klein, Cornelius Eady, etc. There are so many! Definitely also looking forward to readings from Argos Books; No, Dear; and Underground Books.

4. Did you attend the festival last year? If so, what was your favorite thing about it?

It was a beautiful day, and there was this collective latent optimism that comes from having a “second annual” anything. People were easing into the feeling that the festival was an event they could look forward to year after year.

5. Why is live poetry important?

I think it’s safe to say that, for a lot of people, creative pursuits of all forms can feel like very personal — even insular — endeavors. While this is not a bad thing in itself, all art needs a venue and a communal space to keep it breathing. Live poetry provides this scene with a little jolt of energy. It keeps us invigorated and excited about creating. There’s nothing so affirming as watching people who love the same thing that you love profess it in public. There’s a kind of creative contagion involved.