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Book Launch for Stella Jeng Guillory’s An Advancing Glacier
09/28/19 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Book Launch Celebration for
Stella Jeng Guillory’s An Advancing Glacier
September 28, 2019
In our era of retreating glaciers, Stella Jeng Guillory’s An Advancing Glacier is refreshing. The first and title poem opens “I capture your chill/ I nurture your chill/ I rapture your chill” and through the rest of the chapbook the poet does indeed capture details, nurture appreciation, and open us to rapture. We travel across many continents but these are not just tourist accounts decorated with exotic flowers. Each poem is precise and deeply personal. Grandmother chews food “small and fine./ She feeds me,/ mouthful by mouthful.” The reader will also be fed. – Penelope Scambly Schott
Born in China and raised in Taiwan, Stella Jeng Guillory, who immigrated to the United States for graduate study more than fifty years ago, is a woman stretched among cultures, languages,
and heritages. It is no surprise, therefore, that the speaker of these poems is endlessly after balance. Never truly at home anywhere (one poem’s title is “I Sit Astride the Globe”), she longs
for ho’oponopono, Hawaiian for “being right with both self and others.” In perhaps the most poignant poem in this heartfelt and touching collection, she is foraging for mushrooms when she
comes upon a species that also grows in the mountains near her native village. “I nestle my thoughts / in them,” she says, “as if [doing so were] making me whole again.” – Andrea Hollander
Stella Jeng Guillory was born in Fujian Province, China and came to the United States in 1964 to pursue her graduate studies in organic chemistry. At Cornell University in Ithaca NY she obtained her doctorate degree. Fifteen years ago she relocated from Hawaii to the Northwest and now lives in Vancouver, WA. Dr. Stella Jeng Guillory’s poetry has appeared in Bamboo Ridge: The Hawaii Writers’ Quarterly; La’ila’i; Sister Stew: Fiction and Poetry by Women; VoiceCatcher, (Winter, 2013 and Summer Issues, 2015); Just Now, 20 New Portland Poets; America the National Catholic Review (2014 & 2015); Verseweavers (2014, 2016, 2017), Poetry Moves and RE: VISION POEMS. Dr. Guillory’s poem, “Chief Joseph’s Flute,” was awarded a second place by the Hawaii Review for the Ian MacMillan Writing Award of Poetry, 2016. Her chapbook, An Advancing Glacier, was published by Moonstone Press based in Philadelphia in June 2019.
To order An Advancing Glacier, visit Moonstone Press:
1015 Main Street
Vancouver, WA 98660