Labor Day is a laboring day for some writers with work appropriate to the occasion, as Town Hall launches it’s ‘formal’ re-opening with this one-two program on Labor Day. Leading off is Seattle writer Alex Gallo-Brown with his new book, Variations of Labor: Stories & Poems, just out from Seattle’s Chin Music Press.
"Alex Gallo-Brown’s first collection, Variations of Labor, reminds us of the myriad ways, beyond physical exertion, that work happens in our daily lives. Alternating between poems and stories, Gallo-Brown guides us gently, wisely into the lives of everyday folks in the throes of labor from a woman giving birth to working people holding up against the downturns of low-wage work. Gallo-Brown argues with tenderness that to balance expectations and desires, to mourn a loved one, to grow into adulthood, is work too. One of the most joyous aspects of the book is the picture of Seattle that emerges from its pages. This is not tech and glitter Seattle, but the grit and brawn, the hum and chorus of Seattle’s working people. This Seattle is a place Gallo-Brown knows and loves, and it is through that filter that these poems and stories emerge for us lucky ones to enjoy." -- Claudia Castro Luna.
Presented by Town Hall Civics in partnership with Elliott Bay Book Company.