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Please join me to celebrate the release of "girl in tree bark" at the Trident Bookstore, Boston, August 1, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

More info and directions  here.

More info and directions here.

Boston area friends, can you celebrate new poetry with us? My third poetry and prose collection, girl in tree bark, was just published by Boston based publisher, Nixes Mate Books and I'm excited for the book release reading hosted by my publisher and to share this event with Karen Friedland to release her book, "Places that are Gone." Thanks to Michael McInnis for setting this up - hope to see you there!


Trident Booksellers & Cafe

338 Newbury St, Boston, Massachusetts 02115

Here’s what reviewers are saying about girl in tree bark:


In Kelly DuMar’s girl in tree bark, the past, especially the life of the family of origin, acts as a kind of sap that provides nutrients for the photosynthesis that charges the poems. But the poems send their salubrious nourishment down to the past, which becomes transformed with the poem-making. The effect of the past on the present, and vice-versa, is not static; it is a reciprocally kinetic symbiosis, played out in fluent, daring narratives, in language keen with insight and liquid with sumptuous musicality. In almost every poem, a coupling of devastation and healing works a remarkable magic.
— Tom Daley, author of House You Cannot Reach

With a poet’s ear and a photographer’s eye, Kelly DuMar has crafted richly detailed poems that capture life’s ordinary moments and turn them into something extra-ordinary. The language in this collection is stunning and rewards multiple readings of each poem. From a mother wrapping her children (the tribe of the poet and her siblings) in winter warmth so they will be “giddy, winging, weightless” to “scattering a parent’s ashes as the adult children “move out from under his cloud,” both loved ones and the natural world are vividly brought to life and raised in transcendence. – Donna Baier Stein, Publisher of Tiferet Journal and Author, Scenes from the Heartland

“girl in the tree bark” is a testament to Kelly DuMar’s fusion of the vibrance of nature and the delicate web of the family, outstanding in her smooth cadence and the aliveness of her images, her words a “pretty powder” uncovering the elements—both sweet and trying—that one cannot forget about climbing through this rooted life. – Jonathan Starke, founder and publisher of Palooka Journal

To read excerpts and purchase a copy, go to Nixes Mate Books here.

Kelly DuMar is a poet, playwright and workshop facilitator who is the author of two poetry collections, All These Cures and Tree of the Apple. Her plays are published by dramatic publishers, and she is author of Before You Forget - The Wisdom of Writing Diaries for Your Children. Kelly produces the Our Voices Festival of Boston Area Women Playwrights, held at Wellesley College, now in its 13th year, and she produces the annual Boston Writing Retreat and the weeklong summer Play Lab for the International Women’s Writing Guild, where she serves on the board. Kelly founded the Farm Pond Writers Collective to guide women writers to write from their personal photos, develop their artistic voices and connect deeply with their creative lives. Kelly lives with her husband on the Charles River in Sherborn, MA, and shares her nature photos and creative writing in her daily blog, #NewThisDay. You can learn more at KellyDuMar.com