Teri Youmans Grimm stops by First Coast Connect to discuss her new concept poetry novelette Becoming Lyla Dore. Based on a character that is part Louise Brookes and part Lillian Gish who is an actress that began Jville's film industry past. Including a great reading of one of the poems in the book. Check out the entire video after the jump!
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Teri Youmans Grimm is a fourth generation Floridian. She received her BFA in poetry at the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her MFA at Vermont College. Her poetry collection, Dirt Eaters, was chosen for the University of Central Florida’s contemporary poetry series and was published by the University Press of Florida.
Her writing has appeared in Prairie Schooner, Green Mountains Review, The Rumpus, Indiana Review, South Dakota Review, Connecticut Review, Sugar House Review, EAT and Homegrown in Florida: An Anthology of Florida Childhoods, among other journals and anthologies and she is a contributor for the podcast, Swamp Radio. She is the recipient of a Nebraska Arts Fellowship and has been awarded residencies at Virginia Center for the Creative Arts and the Hambidge Center. She teaches in the University of Nebraska at Omaha’s low-res MFA program.
Her new collection, Becoming Lyla Dore recounts the provocative fall and rise of a beautiful silent film star through poems that are indelibly lush and cinematic. A girl who learns too early the power of gesture and gaze is almost destroyed by the tragedy she leaves in her wake. In Hollywoodland, however, she discovers the power that nearly ruined her can also make her a star.
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