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New York-based multimedia artist will speak at UHV Wednesday

Feb. 6, 2011 at 2:01 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2011 at 8:06 p.m.

EXCERPT OF HER WORK:"Ode to the Gazelle While I Bathe on Sunday Evening"Gazelle, you are mine. Your corpse pounds into me like music. We shift chords in this clear pool of brine & blood. Tears curve sharp as fish ribs; the drum under your heart is now an orchestra of birds and gods. Your faces, ebony, brass, amber& gold, I kiss. Bones slide down in the white porcelain tub. You leap from the hunter, your neck cocked to the hammer, the cry inside your mouth like a soaring horn freed from the trunk of a white tree.

O animal heart, I am you this evening. Green water makes the hide soft & rutted, mute brown throat of a river. Gazelle, my drum, you cannot die. I want to be more useful than memory, after the body is bathed with vinegar in death. I want to be more ancient than language & hands. Nothing kills the drum after the skin begins its new life as a song. Yes, we were once animals. We cannot die twice.

IF YOU GOWHAT: American Book Review

WHO: Poet, photographer and painter Rachel Eliza Griffiths, a New York-based artist

WHEN: Noon Wednesday

WHERE: Alcorn Auditorium on the second floor of UHV University West, 3007 N. Ben Wilson St.

COST: Free, open to the public

FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call ABR Managing Editor Charles Alcorn at 361-570-4100 or go to

Other writersKate Bernheimer, Feb. 17 - Bernheimer has published novels, stories, children's books, creative nonfiction and essays about fairy tales and has edited three fairy-tale anthologies. The founder of "Fairy Tale Review," she is a writer in residence at the University of Louisiana in Lafayette.

Beverly Lowry, March 10 - Lowry is a Guggenheim and National Endowment for the Arts award winner and has served as president of the Texas Institute of Letters. The author of seven novels and two nonfiction works, Lowry was a former instructor at George Mason University, and she now lives in Austin.

Rolando Hinojosa-Smith, April 21 - Hinojosa-Smith specializes in life and literature of the Southwest, and was the first Chicano author to receive the prestigious Premio Casa de las Americas award. He has devoted most of his career as a writer to his 15-volume "Klail City Death Trip" series.

Authors who are part of the Spring Reading Series attend roundtable discussions with UHV faculty and students, make classroom visits to area schools, give lectures open to the community, and go to receptions hosted by Friends of ABR patrons while they are in Victoria.

New York-based artist Rachel Eliza Griffiths is an artist of multiple mediums and is bringing her talents to Victoria.

Griffiths, an acclaimed poet, painter and photographer, will speak at the University of Houston-Victoria's American Book Review Spring reading series on Wednesday.

Her work centers on nature, emotion and even current events.

Her next book, "The Requited Distance," takes on the Greek story of Icarus and themes of obedience and family. It's slated to publish this month and includes one of her paintings of the well-known Greek story on the cover.

Griffiths, a widely-published writer, has a master's degree in English literature and a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing.



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