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Alarie Tennille

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in Portsmouth, VA
April 30



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Alarie Tennille was born and raised in Portsmouth, Virginia with a genius older brother destined for NASA, a ghost, and a yard full of cats. A Phi Beta Kappa, she graduated from the University of Virginia in the first class that admitted women (B.A. with distinction in English). She met her husband, graphic artist Chris Purcell, in college. She still misses the ocean, but loves the writing community she’s found in Kansas City.

After a career ranging from technical editor to greeting card writer, Alarie is retired and has more time to focus on her poetry writing. She serves on the Emeritus Board of The Writers Place.

Alarie's latest poetry collection, Waking on the Moon, was published by Kelsay Books in April 2017. Her previous book,

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Running Counterclockwise

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Waking on the Moon

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Spiraling into Control

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My latest blog features my June 9 poetry reading in Portsmouth, VA. It includes a brief video clip from my reading and a local newspaper feature. They rolled out the red carpet, so to speak, with 47 people. Several traveled from out-of-state to see me, which you probably know is unusual for a poetry reading. Please subscribe to my blog while you're there. Thanks! Read more of this blog post »
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Waking on the Moon (Poetry)
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Description: I'm excited to announce the release of my latest poetry collection from Kelsay Books:
"Two Women" by Alarie Tennille (Poetry)
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Description: Winner of the December 2015 Goodreads Poetry Contest!

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Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon
" No. I haven't heard of it before. Hope it's available in the U.S. Thanks for the tip! "
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" With poets, I have the opposite problem: those who never write anything I haven't seen from them before. Most of my favorites get better and better ov ...more "
Caravaggio by Andrew Graham-Dixon
" I have not heard of these others, but we often like the same books, so I'll look into them. Thanks! If the first 2/3 had been shortened, if I were Ita ...more "
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After reading 445 pages about Caravaggio, I expected to say this book is more than I ever wanted to know about the artist, but it was a bit disappointing to me for just the opposite reason. Because Caravaggio died in 1610 and didn't leave behind diar ...more
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No Such Thing as Distance by Karen Paul Holmes
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" Nina, you've convinced me. This is going on my To Read list. "
The Annotated Little Women by Louisa May Alcott
"I have had quite a journey with this story. I loved the original _Little Women_ as a girl, priding myself on reading the entire work and not falling back on the abridged versions. As an adult I found myself teaching an abridged version to English..." Read more of this review »
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More of This World or Maybe Another by Barb Johnson
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I read few short story collections because too many short stories either wander off into who cares? territory or leave me wanting a full novel. This brilliant collection was entirely captivating and avoided both those pitfalls. The stories are bleak, ...more
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"Revised rating. I added two stars. I used to think this was entertaining, but hyperbolic and more than a tad paranoid. Now I think it's brilliantly prescient. Apologies to the author for my mistake."
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Alarie Jan wrote: "Thanks for recommending Henri Cole's new book, Alarie -- I've put it on my to-read list!"

It's always gratifying to hear that. My husband decided he wants to read it after hearing me rave, too.

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Jan Thanks for recommending Henri Cole's new book, Alarie -- I've put it on my to-read list!

Alarie Jan wrote: "Thanks so much for the add, Alarie!"

I was actually surprised you weren't already in my contacts, Jan. I wanted to let you know I voted for your poem in the contest. Love it! But I think I said so in IHOP. I don't usually like to say so there for fear there's another member in the grouping that I didn't notice.

We have some pretty good overlap in reading tastes, so I'm sure I'll get some ideas from you.

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Jan Thanks so much for the add, Alarie!

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