112th: Andrea Fry reads The Bottle Diggers
Join us Wednesday, June 28th at 7pm for a reading of The Bottle Diggers, a new poetry collection by Andrea Fry.
Andrea Fry's poetry collection, The Bottle Diggers, is in the tradition of Joyce an assembly of voices, a cast of characters who tell stories. Sometimes these characters give their own testimony; sometimes they share someone else's story. Some poems recount simple moments; others tell longer tales. But for all of the variations, the storytelling is akin to a psychological or emotional digging, a cerebral parallel to the hunt for antique bottles described in the collection's titular poem. For the bottle diggers, to unearth even a fragment of a bottle is to salvage a story. An old dump ground then becomes a treasure trove of past voices that the diggers are compelled to discover. The bottle diggers have a shared trust that something of value is hidden there, that the voices that echo from the shards they encounter could easily be their own.
Andrea L. Fry was born in Dallas, raised mainly in New York City and the Catskill Mountains, and educated at Union College and Columbia University. She was nominated for a Pushcart Prize by J Journal for her poem "Murder." Her poems have appeared in such journals as Alaska Quarterly Review, Barrow Street, Cimarron Review, Stanford Literary Review, St. Petersburg Review, and The Comstock Review, and in the anthology, Still Against War, Poems for Marie Ponsot. Fry is also a nurse practitioner at NYU Langone Medical Center. She lives in Manhattan with her husband and two formerly feral felines.