Book launch reading for Laura McCarty’s Just One Swallow Thursday January 7, 2021

Join the Day Eight community to celebrate publication of Laura McCarty’s book, Just One Swallow, Thursday January 7th, 7-8:00pm.

Rsvp to the event on facebook, and attend on zoom:


“A credit to the narrative tradition; and has no superior.” – Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

“A splendid read.” – Elizabeth Hodges, editor/publisher of­ St. Petersburg Review

“A vessel for the silence one struggles to give voice to.” – E. Ethelbert Miller, host of On The Margin

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McCarty’s book was selected for publication by Sean Murphy, and edited by Anne Becker. Read more about the selection and book development in a blog post on this site here.

Laura McCarty‘s creative writing has appeared in The Rumpus, Lunch Ticket, descant, Jelly Bucket, the St. Petersburg Review, among other publications, including the 2020 Written in Arlington poetry anthology. In 2016, she was a finalist for the Diana Woods Memorial Award in non-fiction, and a semi-finalist for the Disquiet International Literary Prize in non-fiction. In 2018, Laura realized a lifelong dream when she completed her MFA from American University. She’s lived in Arlington, VA since 1999.

Honored guests at the book launch Thursday January 7 include:

Grace Cavalieri, Maryland Poet Laureate

Gregory Luce, 2014 Larry Neal Award Winner
Anne Becker, Past poet laureate Takoma Park, Maryland
Sean Murphy, Founder 1455 Literary

Click here to purchase the book on Amazon, and click here to purchase direct from Day Eight.

Grace Cavalieri is Maryland’s tenth Poet Laureate. She has authored 26 books and chapbooks of poetry and 20 short-form and full-length plays. She holds The Association of Writing Program’s George Garrett Award, the PEN-Fiction Award, the Allen Ginsberg Award, the Bordighera Poetry Award, the Paterson Poetry Award, the Annie Award, the Inaugural Folger Shakespeare Library Columbia Award, the National Award from the Commission on Working Women, and the CPB Silver Medal. Her latest book was Showboat (2019, Goss183). Her latest play Quilting the Sun was produced at the Theater for the New City, in New York City in 2019. She founded and produces The Poet and the Poem for public radio, now from the Library of Congress, celebrating 43 years on the air.