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Debbi Brody and Dorothy Alexander

Poetry Reading: Sunday, June 28 at 5:00 pm, free, Teatro Paraguas Studio

Bio: Dorothy Alexander is a poet, storyteller and editor/publisher of a small independent press. Author of four poetry collections, and a memoir in prose and poetry, and editor of a half dozen anthologies of poetry and nonfiction. Her poetry, essays and fiction has appeared in anthologies, including Oklahoma Poems and Their Poets, edited by Nathan Brown (Ezcalita Press), Raising Lilly Ledbetter, edited by Carolyne Wright (Univ. of Washington Press), and Ain’t Nobody That Can Sing Like Me, edited by Jeanetta Calhoun Mish (Mongrel Empire Press). Dorothy is a founding member of the Woody Guthrie Poetry Readings in Okemah, Oklahoma.. The Oklahoma Center for the Book selected Dorothy as recipient of the Carlile Distinguished Service Award for her services to the Oklahoma literary community in 2013.


Dorothy Alexander will read from her latest book, “The Art of Digression: A Fragmented Memoir,” consisting of poems and brief nonfiction prose. Inspired by the agrarian literary tradition and the populist political movements in the rural United States, her writing embraces primarily the narrative form, what she calls “narcissistic” narrative, and “selfie” poetry. The “fragments” in this book range from the sad and poignant to the humorous. They tell stories of life and loss of the farmers who settled the prairies of western Oklahoma that became the dust bowl, and the exploits and adventures of the author and her family who were among those who survived the hard times.

Bio: Debbi Brody is an avid attendee and leader of poetry workshops throughout the Southwest. She has been published in numerous national and regional journals, magazines and anthologies of note.  Her new full length poetry collection, In Everything, Birds, is her second book published by Village Books Press, OKC, OK . 

She was born and raised in Chicago, Illinois. She received a B.A. in Sociology from Southern Illinois University in 1979, the same year she married. She and her husband have one grown son and a daughter-in-law. They have resided in New Mexico since 1991. Debbi works at a small scientific research and development laboratory in Santa Fe. She can be reached at or 505-603-5930


Debbi Brody will read from her latest book, "In Everything, Birds" a collection of diverse poems which share a symbolic through-line of every day and exotic birds. Her strong voice ranges from narrative to lyric, short to lengthy, grief filled to joyous, inner to outer landscapes and politics. The deep influences of the surrealist, modernist and beat poets sing through this collection of clear, tough, tender and fantastical poems.

The voyage of discovery lies not in finding new landscapes, but in having new eyes.

                      -Marcel Proust