Scream (or never minding) by Lia Purpura
The Rose O’Neil Literary House hosted Baltimore poet and essayist Lia Purpura for the book launch of her lyric essay Scream (or never minding). The Literary House Press printed a limited-edition chapbook of Scream, featuring illustrations by local artist Stuart Cawley. Both deluxe and regular editions of the chapbook were available for purchase. At the reading, Purpura read from selections of her creative nonfiction work and was available after the reading for questions, chatting, and book signing.
About the inspiration for her work and its production, Purpura said, “I was interested in why I was so agitated [about] art on trinket-y things, and it unspooled from there. … We decided on the essay [for the chapbook] together. I remember Professor Hall said there was something beautiful about producing an essay about mass production, and having it be well-treated, respectful, and like an object … artistically produced.”
Kelly Young ’20 said, “I appreciate her encouragement to move towards things that make us uncomfortable to make things better.”
Heber Geurra-Recinos ’20 said, “I was particularly fond of her stance on minding and paying attention to the minor things, because sometimes people don’t pay attention to the small things, which can contain beauty.”