Come meet Sara Pirkle Hughes as she reads from her inaugural book of poems, The Disappearing Act. Sara will sign books at the Harrison Galleries, 2315 University Blvd, downtown Tuscaloosa, from 6:00 - 8:00 pm, with a selected reading at 7:00 pm.
In her first collection of poems, Sara Pirkle Hughes explores the role memory plays in shaping identity and a person’s perception of the past. The book’s title, The Disappearing Act, posits that time is a magician causing every moment in a person’s life to disappear, and every poem in the collection is the poet’s attempt to recapture what has vanished, while also acknowledging the inherent paradox of writing about the past. The fallible nature of memory makes it impossible to preserve an experience free of distortion. Born and raised in Georgia, Hughes uses the Southern tradition of storytelling as a jumping off point to examine her own personal history as well as family stories. However, nearly every poem in this award-winning collection incorporates formal elements, often fusing narrative with restrictive structures such as sonnets, pantoums, and villanelles.
Sara Pirkle Hughes is a Georgia native, an identical twin, and a breast cancer survivor. She holds a Ph.D. in English and an MFA in Creative Writing. A recipient of writing fellowships from I-Park Foundation, the Anderson Center, and the Hambidge Center for Creative Arts and Sciences, she teaches creative writing and literature at the University of Alabama, where she runs the Pure Products Reading & Lecture Series.