Poetry Reading with Sandy Yannone

Orca is so excited to partner with the Olympia Poetry Network to host our friend Sandy Yannone on Friday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m. for a reading from her second collection, The Glass Studio. Join us in the store for drinks, snacks, readings, and conversation.

Sandra Yannone's debut collection, Boats for Women was published by Salmon Poetry (Ennistymon, Ireland) in 2019, and Salmon Poetry will publish The Glass Studio in February 2024. Her poetry and book reviews have appeared in Ploughshares, Poetry Ireland Review, Lambda Literary Review, and numerous other publications. Since March 2020, Sandy has hosted the weekly reading series "Cultivating Voices LIVE Poetry" on Zoom via Facebook. In January 2024, she will debut Olympia Poetry Network's "Last Tuesdays with Sandy". Visit her online at sandrayannone.com.


Advanced praise for The Glass Studio:

Sandra Yannone's The Glass Studio conjures both an external place and a vast interior  landscape. "We were/ double-paned," she writes, invoking the inner and outer worlds at  once. Across these pages, emotions crystallize, no longer abstract: "Love has a tinny  taste/of crinkled foil" and "despair is just/one bus stop/on this long ride home." Family  history appears, paratactic with public history (9/11, the 2016 Presidential Election, the  massacre at Pulse, the long pandemic), while historic figures make intimate cameos  (Lizzie Borden, Leopold and Loeb, David Cassidy). In these probing poems, Yannone  writes with humility, authenticity, and grace: "what you don’t/know is like/the future/ remembered, a shirt/worn/ inside out." When she tells us "I won't stay/shattered here/for  long," we believe her with our whole hearts. 

—- Julie Marie Wade, author of Skirted and When I Was Straight 


The shards of past, present, and future — both personal and public — are re-set and re soldered in this heartbreaking and hope-filled meditation on fragility and resilience. 

— Allison Arth, Host of the Little Oracles podcast.  


In her second collection, Sandra Yannone has crafted a new poetics of glass and  flameworking. To take in the book’s widely-varying formal choices—from prose blocks to  fissured columns to dispersed fragments and shards—is to gaze into a jar of sea glass  and understand both the shapes and their silences, their narratives without neat  resolutions. What does it mean to return home? And how can radical tenderness and  belonging hold love’s fragility and resilience? Like light prisming through a lamp, the  poems flicker, refract, ebb, and flow from sorrow’s shadows to desire’s flames. The  Glass Studio reminds us that grief, erotic longing, loneliness, intimacy, and memory are  all expressions of the same shifting luminosity. 

— Ansley Clark, author of Bloodline  


The moving poems in Sandra Yannone’s The Glass Studio are prismatic with past, with  longing, with empathy, and, most importantly, with love. There is a deep respect for work  and craft in this collection. For the beautiful structures—both physical and emotional— humanity creates in the name of tenderness, community, and kin.  

— Gustavo Hernandez, author of Flower Grand First 


“There is so much more/ than what we perceive... rising all around us/ like immaculate  glass/ cities,” assures Sandra Yannone, in The Glass Studio. With lyric intensity and  syntactic virtuosity, this poet writes deftly of grief, tragedy, heartbreak, and struggle.  Whether elegizing the victims of the Pulse nightclub shooting, reliving a fraught apprenticeship in her beloved, late father’s glass studio, or envisioning the shattered  mind of Lizzie Borden, these poems illuminate, reveal, cut, and last. This collection is  delicate as the fine lamps of her father’s creation, “miraculously whole,” shining with  “glass-infused light.”  

—Kim Ports Parsons, The Mayapple Forest 


With crystalline imagery and sensitivity, The Glass Studio both marvels at and mourns  the fragility and beauty of human resilience, with a sense of loss and longing braided  into these textured and musical poems. Yannone compiles a glossary of objects,  encoding and building the collection’s arc, as personal, historical, and cultural reference  points form sympathetic resonances, fusing together to purposefully illuminate the sum  of the parts. This is a beautifully formed and radiant collection. 

— D’or Seifer, co-host of Lime Square Poets and co-editor of Skylight 47



Event date: 
Friday, February 16, 2024 - 6:30pm to 8:00pm
Event address: 
315 5th Ave SE
Olympia, WA 98501
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