Join Andrea Scarpino at Ore Dock Brewing Company Thursday, March 20, from 7 p.m.-9 p.m. for her first big release party of Once, Then. There will be a 15-20 minute reading of poetic works, as well as music. Dia De Los Tacos will be set up inside the Ore Dock which is located at 114 W. Spring St. in MQT.
Scarpino talked about the intense nature of poetry and how it can be off-putting to newcomers, but she said if listeners sit back and relax, they will enjoy themselves.
“People seem so intimidated by poetry; it’s just another way to process the world. Come and take a listen at this celebration to embrace what I’ve been working on for so long,” she said.
“It was a way for me to make sense of what happened and a way for me to deal with my loss and grief,” Scarpino said.
Once Scarpino had an ample amount of poems, she began shaping them into a book. After that, it just made sense for her to try and get published. Once, Then was accepted by Red Hen Press a few years ago, and it was finally published in March 2014.
Working with a small publisher, Scarpino realized the need to promote her own work and scheduled a book tour that will take her to Massachusetts, Ohio, Wisconsin, and then back to the Upper Peninsula. She said she couldn’t be more excited to get on tour.
“Writing at home in pajamas is fun, but getting out and sharing it is what makes it,” Scarpino said.
Scarpino has been using poetry as a way to process the world around her for as long as she can remember. Some of her earliest poems were typed by her mother, as she recited them before she even knew how to use a typewriter. Much of her inspiration comes from what is happening in her life at the moment and from reading, reading, and more reading.
“If you want to be a writer you have to start reading,” Scarpino said.
Some of Scarpino’s favorite authors ranging from contemporary to classics are Anne Carson, Erica Dawson, Adrienne Rich, and Emily Dickenson, only to name a few.
For more information about Scarpino and her book tour visit her website or through her Twitter account.
Sarah Carstens is a writer for MQT Social Scene. She can be reached through our contact us page.