A Tribute to A.V. Christie's "More Here Than Light"

Please join us for the launch of 
A.V. Christie's
“More Here Than Light: New and Selected Poems”
feat. reading by Elaine Terranova, Leonard Gontarek, and others!


“A deeply satisfying memorial to the work of a poet whose poems I have always loved for their
bright inventiveness, the muscular buoyancy of their language, their habits of thought, and their
engagement with the world.”
—Eamon Grennan

“A.V. Christie was a poet of pleasure and hurt, enthralled by the intensity of nearness of many kinds
large and small, a Niagara Falls or a chicken’s beak. Her line “The beauty now of what’s hidden”
tells us what she worked to find.”
—W. S. Di Piero

“Reading these poems is to watch A.V. Christie growing, evolving, taking risks, and writing, in the
most honest, unflinching way possible, about the pressing concerns of life’s successive stages.”
—Elizabeth Spires, author of A Memory of the Future

A.V. CHRISTIE was a powerful presence in poetry in the Philadelphia area for many years prior to her
untimely death of breast cancer in 2016. This posthumous collection, curated by fellow poets, draws
from her extensive body of published and unpublished work, and stands as a testament to her close
attention to and acute rendering of the visible and invisible world.

She was the author of Nine Skies (University of Illinois Press), which won the National Poetry
Series; The Housing, winner of the McGovern Prize (Ashland Poetry Press); and the chapbooks The
(Seven Kitchens Press) and And I Began to Entertain Doubts (Folded Word Press). Her
poems have appeared in Crazyhorse, Poetry, Commonweal, AGNI, Ploughshares, The Iowa Review,
Prairie Schooner, Ploughshares and many other reviews. She was a recipient of grants from the
National Endowment for the Arts and the Pennsylvania and Maryland State Arts Councils and was a
visiting writer at Villanova and LaSalle universities, Bryn Mawr College, Goucher College, the
University of Maryland and Penn State Abington. For many years she was also a Poet-in-the-

About the readers

KATHY BARHAM retired from teaching English at Conestoga High School in 2012 and lives in Rose Valley, PA. She received an MFA degree from Warren Wilson Program for Writers. Her poems have appeared in American Poetry ReviewThe Drunken BoatSpillwayMad Poets ReviewHubbub and other journals. She has a chapbook, From the Familiar, by Moonstone Press.

ALIX CHRISTIE is the sister of A.V. Christie and the author of the novel Gutenberg's Apprentice, an account of the invention of printing that was long-listed for the International Dublin Literary Prize and the VCU Cabell First Novelist Award. A longtime foreign correspondent for newspapers including the Guardian of London and the San Francisco Chronicle, she currently reviews books and arts for The Economist.


CATHLEEN COHEN is Montgomery County’s 2019 Poet Laureate. A painter, poet and teacher, she founded ArtWell’s “We the Poets” program in Philadelphia (www.theartwell.org). Cathleen currently exhibits paintings at Cerulean Arts Gallery in Philadelphia. She has exhibited at Soho20 Chelsea Gallery in NYC, Rosenfeld Gallery and inLiquid Gallery in Philadelphia, and RiverArts Gallery in Stockton, NJ. In 2015, Her poems have appeared in Apiary, Baltimore Review, Cagibi, Chrysalis Journal, East Coast Ink, Philadelphia Stories and other journals. In 2017 her chapbook “Camera Obscura” was published by Moonstone Arts Press. 

LEONARD GONTAREK is the author of six books of poems, including, Take Your Hand Out of My Pocket, Shiva (2016). His poems have appeared in American Poetry Review, Poet Lore, Verse Daily, and The Best American Poetry, among others. He coordinates Peace/Works, Poetry In Common, Philly Poetry Day, The Philadelphia  Poetry Festival, and hosts The Green Line Reading & Interview Series. He has received Poetry fellowships from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Mudfish Poetry Prize, the Philadelphia Writers Conference Community Service Award, and was a Literary Death Match Champion. His poem, 37 Photos From The Bridge, was a Poetry winner for the Big Bridges MotionPoems project in 2015, and was the basis for the award-winning film by Lori Ersolmaz. He is Poetry Consultant for Whitman At 200: Art & Democracy.

ELAINE TERRANOVA has published seven collections of poems, most recently Perdido (with Grid Books). Her poems and prose have appeared in a number of literary magazines and anthologies and her translation of Euripides' Iphigenia at Aulis was published by the Penn Greek Drama Series. Her awards include grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, the Walt Whitman Award, NEA And Pew fellowships, and a Pushcart Prize. She is presently working on a childhood memoir.

Event date: 
Monday, May 20, 2019 - 6:00pm to 7:30pm
Event address: 
Penn Book Center
130 S. 34th Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104