By Meg Upton
Local author Margaret Elysia Garcia will be reading selections from her new poetry chapbook “Burn Scars” at the Quincy Library conference room on Thursday, Aug. 11, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
The book, published on July 1 as a co-production between Lit Kit Collective and Las Pachucas, tells one woman’s story of living through the Dixie Fire and its aftermath in poetry. Also included is a new version of the essay “Eulogy for Greenville” which she wrote the morning after the fire burned down Greenville for Plumas News.
Signed copies of the book will also be available for sale at the reading. There will also be a brief Q & A and announcements about upcoming events to make sure Plumas County residents all have the opportunity to share their stories regarding the destruction of their homes and businesses and other properties by wildfire.
“Reader responses to Burn Scars has been amazing. People who have read the book have gotten back to me saying many of the poems said what they felt this last year in dealing with the aftermath of the fire,” said Garcia, “some people have said ‘thank you’ for writing this. It’s just heartwarming to hear such a response.”
She wrote most of the book during traffic stops on the way to Quincy and Susanville from August 2021 to May of this year.
Garcia was interviewed on North State Public Radio in Chico in late July about the book. That interview can be found here: https://www.mynspr.org/news/2022-08-04/q-a-burn-scars-poetry-collection-gives-a-visceral-description-of-loss-in-greenville-after-the-dixie-fire-one-year-ago.
The cover art of the book is special to the author. It’s from a photo taken of the former office she shared with environmental journalist Jane Braxton Little for eleven years in downtown Greenville across from the sheriff substation. The cover was designed by Ross Amador.
Admission is free and there will be snacks. Levi Mullen will be on hand to play instrumental music before and after the reading.