Join us for a night with Sommer Browning!!
Celebrating the release of BACKUP SINGERS (Birds, LLC)!
With a reading by the author and Noah Eli Gordon!
With BACKUP SINGERS Browning follows up her sold out debut, Either Way I'm Celebrating, with an even rawer and starker, and again darkly humorous navigation of friendship, marriage, and motherhood. The result is a more overtly political assessment of the absurd deficit between what we're confronted with and what we're equipped with to deal with those confrontations: "It's a girl, / and the wires she needs // open her hands / before they're fists."
Browning combats this deficit with relentless anaphora and repetition, reducing seemingly impossible relationships to their most basic element--a love that begets an unconditional loyalty: "I’m here! I didn’t run!"
Sommer Browning writes poems, draws comics, and tells jokes. She is the author of two collections published by Birds, LLC, BACKUP SINGERS (2014) and EITHER WAY I'M CELEBRATING (2011), as well as three chapbooks, most recently The Bowling (Greying Ghost, 2010) with Brandon Shimoda. Her poems and drawings have appeared in The New York Quarterly,Typo, Octopus, past simple, Free Verse, The Stranger, and other places.