“Honest, gritty, blunt at times, always brave, her work is reminiscent of Sharon Olds and Kim Addonizio, but most of all, reminds me of the songwriting of Lucinda Williams.”

– Nancy A. Henry

Summer book fair photoI’ll be at the Locally Grown Words Summer Book Fair at East End Market on Sunday, May 18, with copies of my new book, “Hold Still” as well as “Beauty Lessons,” “Flame” and “Behind Every Door.” The free event sponsored by Orlando’s new independent bookstore, Bookmark It, will be at the popular market at 3201 Corrine Drive from noon to 4 p.m. Dozens of local authors and publishers will line the halls both upstairs and down, as well as in the beautiful courtyard. I’ll be sharing a table with Susan Lilley, author of “Night Windows” and “Satellite Beach.” Grab lunch, check out the shops, visit with the authors and stop in at Bookmark It, which is extending the market’s grow-eat-shop-local mantra to include Central Florida readers and writers.

I’ll be reading from my new poetry book, Hold Still, for the Grown Ass Woman Brigade, a support network of gawb_final files_lowres3smart, funny women who look out for one another.  Everyone is invited — even grown ass men! — and the fun starts at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 19, at a Victorian house at 115 Maitland Ave. in Altamonte Springs. I wrote about this spunky, big-hearted group in Orlando magazine a year ago (“Rebels With a Cause”), and I can’t wait to spend more time with them. You don’t want to miss this.

I’ll be reading from my new poetry book, Hold Still, at The Warehouse on Brookhaven in the Lake Ivanhoe area of Orlando on Saturday, March 29. I’m thrilled to be reading alongside two authors with new books of short stories: David James Poissant (The Heaven of Animals) and Vanessa Blakeslee (Train Shots). The readings will start at 7 p.m. at 1300 Brookhaven Drive, just off Virginia Drive. There will be an after party featuring literary-themed cocktails (an F. Scotch Fitzgerald or Tequila Mockingbird, anyone?) at The Matador bar on Virginia Drive. Drink proceeds will benefit Burrow Press. For more about Functionally Literate and to watch videos of past readings, check out functionallyliterate.org.

Here is my interview in the ORLANDOAN blog by Functionally Literate co-host Jared Silvia.

And here is the video of my reading on YouTube.

‘Psalms of survival’

March 23, 2014

Many thanks to Martin Achatz, an editor at Passages North, for this review of Hold Still in his Saint Marty blog. An excerpt:

“These poems are a testament to anger and humor, despair and joy. They are psalms of survival.  Breast cancer.  Childhood. Motherhood. Hurricanes. Godbey’s insights are razor-sharp, cutting open the reader’s heart and pumping it full of music and hope. … In the middle of a long winter of heartbreak and ruin, her poems push through the impossibly frozen ground, unfolding petal by petal, syllable by syllable, into the promise of spring.”