Double Book Launch: Celia Claase and Andrew S Guthrie


Poetry OutLoud HK
  • Wed 02-03-2016 8:00 PM - 2 h

Fringe Vault

Free admission


Come join us to celebrate the publication of two wonderful collections from Proverse Press: Celia Claase's THE LAYERS BETWEEN and Andrew S Guthrie's THE ALPHABET.

Celia Claase grew up in South Africa, and has been living in Hong Kong for the past seven years. Through her writing, she recycles physical realities into metaphysical fantasies in search of answers to timeless themes. Her debute collection of fantasophical essays and poetry: The Layers Between, won her a publishing as well as international literary prize with Proverse Hong Kong (2014). In the essays a diverse bunch of narrators such as Eve (from the Bible), Yin & Yang, Salvador Dali, Water and The Point of Origin (among others) give their own personal interpretations regarding the origins of the universe; the substance of matter and space; and the workings of body, mind and consciousness. The poems not only reflect on these essays but also on life as an artform. She was previously published in an international anthology by Writers Abroad, a South African e-magazine, Sarie, in the e-literary journal LitNet and twice in the Women in Publishing Society Hong Kong’s journal, Imprint. 


Andrew S Guthrie was born in New York City, lived for most of his life in Boston, Massachusetts, moved to Hong Kong in 2005. His writing can be found online at Make Do Studios, and Cha and in the print magazine, Poetry Is Dead. His artist edition “Broken Records: 1960 -1969” was collected by The Brooklyn Museum of Art” in 2010; his cultural history “Paul’s Records” was published by Blacksmith Books in October 2015 and his book of poetry “Alphabet” was released in April 2015 through Proverse Publishing Hong Kong. This will be the second book launch in Hong Kong for “Alphabet”.

“Alphabet” consists of 26 poems concerning the vagaries of literary failure, including: misplaced manuscripts, writer’s block, articulate illiterates, libraries that were burned to the ground, posthumous fame for the previously poverty-stricken, botched yet endlessly repeated translations, along with the obvious pitfalls of the dilettante, the over-inflated ego, and the perennial loser.


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