TESS TAYLOR at Books Inc. Berkeley

Author image of Tess Taylor and cover photo of her book Leaning Toward Light

Books Inc. Berkeley proudly welcomes local author and acclaimed poet Tess Taylor to the shop for a celebration of the poetry anthology Leaning Toward Light: Poems for Gardeners and the Hands that Tend Them!

Tess will be joined by Katie Peterson and Maw Shein Win. This is a benefit for The Edible School Yard.

This beautiful poetry anthology offers a warm, inviting selection of poems from a wide range of voices that speak to the collective urge to grow, tend, and heal--an evocative celebration of our connection to the green world.

Much like reading a good poem, caring for plants brings comfort, solace, and joy to many. In this new poetry anthology, Leaning toward Light, acclaimed poet and avid gardener Tess Taylor brings together a diverse range of contemporary voices to offer poems that celebrate that joyful connection to the natural world. Several of the most well-known contemporary writers, as well as some of poetry's exciting rising stars, contribute to this collection including Ross Gay, Jericho Brown, Mark Doty, Jane Hirshfield, Ada Limón, Danusha Laméris, Naomi Shihab Nye, Garrett Hongo, Ellen Bass, and James Crews. A foreword by Aimee Nezhukumatathil, reflective pauses and personal recipes from some of the contributing poets, along with original, whimsical illustrations by Melissa Castrillon, and a ribbon bookmark complete this stunning, hardcover gift format.


Tess Taylor, an avid gardener, is the author of five acclaimed collections of poetry including Work & Days, which was named one of the 10 best books of poetry of 2016 by the New York Times. Her writing has appeared in The AtlanticThe Kenyon ReviewPoetryTin HouseThe Times Literary SupplementCNN, and the New York Times. Taylor has been Distinguished Fulbright US Scholar at the Seamus Heaney Centre in Queen's University in Northern Ireland, and the Anne Spencer Poet-in-Residence at Randolph College. She has also served as on-air poetry reviewer for NPR's All Things Considered for over a decade. Taylor lives in El Cerrito, California, where she tends to fruit trees and backyard chickens.

Event date: 
Wednesday, October 4, 2023 - 6:00pm
Event address: 
Books Inc.
1491 Shattuck Ave.
Berkeley, CA
Leaning toward Light: Poems for Gardens & the Hands That Tend Them By Tess Taylor, Aimee Nezhukumatathil (Foreword by) Cover Image
ISBN: 9781635865806
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Published: Storey Publishing, LLC - August 29th, 2023