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nebulous beginnings and strings: Poetry and Art by Alicia Cahalane Lewis and Winslow McCagg

September 10, 2017 @ 4:00 PM

Thank you to Moler Insurance Agency for sponsoring this program!

Join us for a book release presentation of Alicia Cahalane Lewis and Winslow McCagg’s new book nebulous beginnings and strings. Alicia Cahalane Lewis will be sharing insights on how the book came to be and reading an excerpt from the book, and Winslow will be displaying his work.

nebulous beginnings and strings is a poet’s lament. It is the song, long ago sung, of a poet’s relationship to earth. Asking us to grieve for a planet that recoils in today’s knowledge, the poetry returns us to our place on an earth teaming with potential, direction, and compositional construction. The earth is stardust. And the burden of her grief is the weight of thousands of years of neglect. How do we create and envision a new earth? How do we return to her nebulous beginning?

About the Author:

Raised in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Alicia Cahalane Lewis is a poet, novelist, and Master of Masters Reiki practitioner. In 2013, she graduated from Naropa University with an MFA in Creative Writing, and while there her work appeared in Not Enough Night.

Her chapbook nebulous beginnings and strings, published October 2017, and the forthcoming coffee table book of the same name, featuring the full length poem and paintings by local artist Winslow McCagg will be published August 2017 by Tea and Tattered Pages. Although their work is not necessarily a planned collaboration, the spontaneity of Winslow’s art renders the poetry complete. The space a poem holds on the page in alignment with the art renders the form in a dialogue with the energies of the Universe. One can not be just anything, because everything is in relation to something, and in this way language becomes another layer of paint for the canvas.

The Fish Turned the Waters Over so the Birds Would Have a Sky, a meditation on evolution will be published by The Lune Chapbook Series Summer 2017.

Aware of her tie to the Valley that goes back nine generations, Alicia recently returned after a twenty five year hiatus in Maine where she raised two daughters. As witness to the stories of the early settlers’ perseverance and appreciation for the bounty and beauty of the Valley, it is a place where she continues to find inspiration for her creative work.

Find her at aliciacahalanelewis.com  tatteredpress.org poetsonearth.com

There will be a special musical guest as well. Singer songwriter, Sally Mae Foster will be playing and singing before and after the presentation!

Ticket Prices & Info:

Free Event!

Reservations may be made in advance either online or by calling the Barns of Rose Hill Box Office at 540-955-2004 (Noon to 3:00 – Tuesday through Saturday). If you call when our Box Office is closed, please leave a message and we’ll return your call within 24 business hours.


Where are you located?

We are located in dowtown Berryville, Virginia between the Rose Hill Park and the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library.
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Where do I park & is it free?

Free parking is available next door at the Berryville-Clarke County Government Center / Clarke County Library / Barns of Rose Hill parking lot.
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photo by Jennifer Lee


Barns of Rose Hill
95 Chalmers Ct
Berryville, VA 22611 United States


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