Botanic Gardens to host poet Melissa Fournier
Sunday, July 14, 2019
at 3:00 p.m.
Botanic Gardens at Historic Barns Park
1490 Red Dr
Traverse City, Michigan
Melissa Fournier is a wife, mother, and social worker living in Traverse City, Michigan. Her poetry has appeared in Dunes Review, The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, Pulse: Voices from the Heart of Medicine, and Medical Literary Messenger. She is co-editor of AFTER, Stories about Loss and What Comes Next (Barnwood Books, 2019). She has a background in mental health, adult, pediatric and perinatal hospice, is a student of Narrative Medicine, and works as the program director for a non-profit bereavement center, where she continuously dares to choose a life of joy and awe.
Like the goldfinch in the eponymous poem, all of these poems are spare and unsparing; light enough to hold easily in the palm of the hand but carrying tremendous emotional heft. I’m reminded that trustworthy voices are those who do not turn away from pain or love. Fournier is one of those voices.
Teresa Scollon, poet and author of To Embroider the Ground with Prayer
Books will be available at the event or you can also order copies of the book in our Bookstore.