Celebrating the launch of a book is a momentous occasion. This summer we invite you to experience Francis Daulerio's JOY by attending a book tour event. Francis will be touring the East Coast as well as making several virtual appearances.
The lineup goes from Philly to Brooklyn. The team at Unsolicited Press and Francis would be honored to have you in the audience. You can buy tickets HERE. This is one book tour that you will not want to miss. All virtual events are free and accessible on our Events page.
JOY is Francis Daulerio’s second full length collection of poetry and fifth release in the last seven years. Beginning with one pregnancy and ending with another, JOY is a meditation on the ways in which we struggle to stay alive, live among each others’ wreckage, and hold each other up. Through what Bon Iver’s Sean Carey describes as “Daulerio’s relentless hope and love,” JOY explores the challenges of seeking happiness while living with depression and anxiety, frequently settling in the mundanity of normal life, hunting for beauty in the plain and celebrating each bit of it. While the title may suggest a lighthearted read, the book is more about the seeking than the finding, centering around the birth of Daulerio’s first child while coping with the loss of friend and collaborator, Scott Hutchison. Though painful at times, it is a life-affirming book that encourages readers to push through the hardships we all face to find their own sense of meaning.
JOY is packed tight with fifty-four poems, a few which have been previously release through magazines, but most of which are brand new. It also has a foreword by author Maggie Smith (Good Bones, Keep Moving), and stunning cover art by UK artist Helen Ahpornsiri.
JOY is due out June 21, 2022. Preorder a copy today and have it in time for the tour. Francis will have a limited amount on hand at each stop.
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