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Poetry Reading: Laura E. J. Moran

  • Laundry King 65 Main Street Livingston Manor, NY 12758 (map)

The Catskill Art Society is proud to present local poet Laura E. J. Moran in the presentation of her performance poetry from Desire Line at the Laundry King.

Laura Moran's Desire Line is a book of fragmentary texts—poetic lyric, prose-poem, one-act play, prose essay—that nevertheless assemble a whole way of experiencing the world. As she says, "The shard is the whole—no?" Moran is a mental traveler, a writer in love with the sounds and sense of language, its plasticity and history that take us back to the beginnings of human time. On one level, she recognizes that memory is desire and memory is personal history and therefore memory is home. Her childhood is rich within her, but as a mature writer she knows how to connect past to present, describe the reciprocal arc of desire from then until now: "What you touch touches back." It's a living, momentary process: or as she says in the book's final lines, "I first came to desire now. / Always now." If this were a book only of rich personal history, it would be enough, but Moran also explores the larger desire-lines and planes of human and planetary time... recalling our origins in the stars, in the oceans, in the earth elements, as well as in the watery womb. 

Laura E. J. Moran is a performance poet, educator, and author of several collections of poetry: Improper Joy (2006, Stockport Flats), Live Bait (CD, Great Divide, 2005), and three one-woman poetry shows entitled Inhibition Exhibition (2006), Improper Joy: Live (2008), and Eden: The Dark Side of Paradise (2010). Her full-length play Last Words, inspired by the last words of the first one-hundred women legally executed in Colonial America, has debuted in part at LouderArts Project in NYC and NACL Theatre in upstate NY. Laura was the curator of First Fridays Contemporary Author's Series in Narrowsburg, NY. In 2014, she co-founded Beautiful Traditions, LLC and created "CONFLUENCE" an oral traditions project which formalizes an on-going relationship with the people, places, and stories belonging to her valley community. She teaches in the English Department at Lackawanna College. 

Tickets are available for a suggested donation of $5. Advance reservations recommended. Call 845-436-4227 or email

Earlier Event: July 11
Artwalk/Chalkwalk 2015