Alison Hawthorne Deming with Kathleen Dean Moore
A writer and poet who has covered a lot of ground in her day, both literally and in what she’s written, Alison Hawthorne Deming makes this virtual and welcome return to Elliott Bay to read from and discuss her newest book, A Woven World: On Fashion, Fishermen, and the Sardine Dress (Counterpoint).
“Only a daring poet, who happens also to be a superb essayist, would try stitching together two endeavors seemingly so disparate as high-fashion dressmaking and ocean-edge fishing. But Alison Deming succeeds brilliantly. To these twin themes of fish and fashion, she adds threads of family and cultural history stretching from Paris to New York to a Canadian island in the Bay of Fundy, from the mid-nineteenth century to our own day. What binds the book together is her admiration for ‘the maker class,’ people skilled in the use of hand and eye to produce the essentials of life. Deming reminds us that literature is one of those essentials—a truth captured by the word ‘poet,’ whose Greek root means ‘one who makes.’” ––Scott Russell Sanders.
“With the skill and care of an artisan poet, Alison Hawthorne Deming’s The Woven World brings us the textures of nearly lost words and the craft that required them. Her tactile exploration of makers from fisherfolk to dressmakers makes me long for the embrace of a hand-sewn garment, stitched of relationships to land and history, embroidered with story.” ––Robin Wall Kimmerer.
For this, Alison Hawthorne Deming will be joined by a writer of similar latitudes and longitudes, Kathleen Dean Moore, essayist, moral and environmental philosopher, and recently (earlier this year) author of the brilliant Earth’s Wild Music: Celebrating and Defending the Songs of the Natural World (Counterpoint).