The Regulator welcomes Tony Reevy with poet Maria Rouphail for a reading and book release party in celebration of the release of Reevy’s newest collection of poems, Socorro.
In Socorro, poet and non-fiction author Tony Reevy (Old North, Passage) revisits his childhood hometown, Socorro, New Mexico -- a town haunted by its past, and by legends stemming from its combined Native American-Hispanic-Anglo heritage. Reevy's poems explore a childhood on the edge of the desert, view legends and legendary figures such as La Llorona and Elfego Baca, and then look back at these experiences from an adult point-of-view. In Southwestern towns like Socorro, where the sidewalks are still marked -WPA 1935-, the past, and even the supernatural, never seem far away.
"...what relief Socorro brings to my childhood, prompted by memories Reevy mimes in imaginative longings to keep his biography in place, secure in dreams and legends, summer storms and clay-dollops, in coyotes sniffing whatever poetry is, right here in--Socorro." --Shelby Stephenson, Poet Laureate of North Carolina
Tony Reevy is Senior Associate Director of the Institute for the Environment at UNC-Chapel Hill. His previous publications include poetry, nonfiction and short fiction, including the nonfiction books Ghost Train!, O. Winston Link: Life Along the Line and The Railroad Photography of Jack Delano; the full books of poetry, Old North and Passage; and the poetry chapbooks Green Cove Stop, Magdalena, Lightning in Wartime, and In Mountain Lion Country. Reevy spent much of his childhood in Socorro, New Mexico. Reevy spent his teen years in Durham, went to Northern High School, graduated from NC State and Carolina and remembers when The Regulator opened in 1976. Reevy and his family live in Durham, in the
Watts Hillandale neighborhood.
Maria Rouphail is the author of Apertures, a 2012 finalist in Finishing Line Press's “New Women's Voices” competition. Second Skin, her second collection of poems, was published in Fall, 2015, by Main Street Rag. Her poem, 'Crater at Popocatepetl,' won Honorable Mention in the 2016 Randall Jarrell Poetry Competition. Her poem, "It's OK to Say These Things" has been anthologized in Red Sky (Sable Books, 2016). Her poem, "Annunciation," was named Finalist in the NCPS Poet Laureate Competition for 2017. Another poem, “Winter Dusk,” is forthcoming in 3 Elements. Her work has appeared in the proceedings of the Nazim Hikmet Poetry festival, as well as in the journals Pine Song, Main Street Rag, International Poetry Review, One, and Wild Goose Poetry Review. She is currently at work on her third poetry collection.