Pittsburg, KS – Olive L. Sullivan, Pittsburg, is the author of the newest book from Meadowlark Press, now available. Sullivan will be reading from Skiving Down the Bones at the Pittsburg Public Library at 6:00 pm on Monday, December 12. The event is free to the public.
“Long before the Pandemic locked us all into our homes, my personal period of isolation began with my 2017 diagnosis of Acute Myleoid Leukemia, a particularly deadly and fast acting cancer,” writes Sullivan in the book’s opening pages.
The resulting collection of poetry paints a picture of loss, but also of survival in the face of loss. Skiving “through layers of / loss and sorrow, honing in on what matters,” this book shows us how one woman faces her own impending death, the loss of her husband and her father, and comes out on the other side, very much alive, “only truth remaining.”
Sullivan is also the author of Wandering Bone (Meadowlark Press, 2017), a collection of travel poems. Her poetry has also appeared in several journals including The Midwest Quarterly, The Little Balkans Review, and the online magazine Dead Housekeeping, as well as in the award-winning anthology Begin Again: 150 Kansas Poems. She has published short fiction and creative essays and performs regularly with the band Amanita. She holds an MFA from Stonecoast at the University of Southern Maine and an MA from the University of Colorado-Denver. A bookbinder, she lives in Pittsburg, Kansas, where she grew up. She loves taking long walks on the prairie with dogs and traveling anywhere that requires a passport—and almost anywhere that doesn’t.
Meadowlark Press is an independent publisher, specializing in books by Midwest authors since 2014. Learn more at meadowlarkbookstore.com. The book can be ordered from the author, from the publisher, and any bookstore. It is available locally at Books and Burrow in Pittsburg.