Blood & Tears book release party

George Albon
Tom Carey
Robert Glück
Lauren Gudath
Yuri Hospodar
Kevin Killian
Laura Moriarty
Harold Norse
Jocelyn Saidenberg
Linda Smukler
Elizabeth Willis
and others

The most provocative book of poetry of 1999 is Blood and Tears: Poems for Matthew Shepard(Painted Leaf Books), and here from
Boulder is its editor, Scott Gibson, and a sampling of local contributors to this unique anthology, a combination of 90s agitprop, "gay
poetry," and postmodern experimentation. Matthew Shepard, a young gay student, was beaten, tortured, and left tied to a fence for
eighteen hours in October 1998. He died in hospital several days later. The young editor Scott Gibson has gathered a remarkably diverse
group of poets to commemorate this loss. On the first anniversary of Shepard's death, in Laramie, we gather together to witness and
October 15, 1999