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An Evening with Daniel Wolff & Bob Ayres


April 24, 2015 @ 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm




Join us for an evening with writers Daniel Wolff and Bob Ayres, with live music from acclaimed guitarist David Pulkingham. Daniel will be introducing his new poetry collection,The Names of Birds, a field guide to perception that explores how we see the natural world.

Daniel Wolff has published numerous well-received non-fiction books, including a national bestseller that won the Ralph J. Gleason Award for the best music book in 1985. He was nominated for a Grammy in 2003 and was named Literary Artist of 2013 for Rockland County, New York. He has also collaborated on documentary films with Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs), pop songs, and performance pieces. He has published poetry in The Paris ReviewPartisan Review, and Three Penny Review, among others.

“Traveling the seasons with Daniel Wolff’s stunning poetry collection is indeed a great gift. Big questions collide with nature’s majesty here, moving us closer to see not just ‘how the nest is attached to the tree’ but how we are attached (or dis-attached) to ourselves. The narrator of the poem ‘Eastern Screech-Owl’ declares that he is not an ancient poet, but there is so much heart and Art in these pages to show that neither he nor Wolff have to be. We are more than grateful for all they have already offered.” —Edwidge Danticat


Robert A. Ayres is the author of Shadow of Wings, a chapbook published by Main Street Rag Press. Ayres has published poems in Laurel ReviewMarlboro Review, and Southwestern American Literature, among other magazines. Anthology publications include The Four Way Reader 2Is This Forever or What?, andUrban Nature. He was the winner of the 2013 Littoral Press Broadside Contest. His essay “The Devices and Desires of Our Own Hearts: Reflections on Blessing and Curse in the Psalms of Ascent” appeared in Poets on the Psalms, published by Trinity University Press. Ayres received his MFA from the Warren Wilson MFA Program for Writers. A native of San Antonio, he has lived in Austin since 1985.

From 2002-2012 David Pulkingham toured internationally as the right hand man of the famed Texas troubadour, Alejandro Escovedo. He was also the musical director of the Alejandro Escovedo Orchestra. This lead him to performances on such stages as Carnegie Hall and to share the stage with such icons as Bruce Springsteen. In December 2012 he was asked to be the bandleader and guitarist for two shows with Robert Plant and Patty Griffin, and went on to tour with Patty Griffin in 2013In 2011 he released a solo instrumental album entitled David Pulkingham Plays Guitar. In 2012 he released a 5-song EP of originals and in 2014 he released a third volume of David Pulkingham Plays Guitar. David currently tours with Patty Griffin and plays internationally under his own name.