National Poetry Month Reading with Celeste Gainey - "the GAFFER"

Event date: 
Thursday, April 16, 2015 - 6:00pm to 7:00pm

Celebrate National Poetry Month with the Penguin Bookshop and local poet Celeste Gainey!

Celeste Gainey will join us at 6:00pm on April 16 for a reading from her new collection, the GAFFER.

Light is the preoccupation, vocation, and language of the GAFFER, Celeste Gainey’s debut collection of poems, in which the gaffer’s terrain is vividly rendered––from the sets of Martin Scorsese’s Taxi Driver and Sidney Lumet’s Dog Day Afternoon to a lighting session with Lucille Ball. At stake in these poems is the gaffer’s quest for identity and synchronicity within the imagined and experimental realm of light and cinema, as well as within the immutable physical world, where notions of gender, sex, desire, and ambition are prescribed a priori; the GAFFER deconstructs the idea of outsider as pioneer, then runs with it.

Celeste Gainey is the author of the poetry collection, the GAFFER, from Arktoi Books, an imprint of Red Hen Press. Her chapbook, In the land of speculation & seismography (Seven Kitchens Press, 2011), was runner-up for the 2010 Robin Becker Prize. Graduating with a BFA in Film & Television from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University, as well as earning an MFA in Creative Writing/Poetry from Carlow University, Gainey has spent over thirty-five years working with light; as a gaffer for motion pictures and as an architectural lighting designer.

Check out this article with Celeste Gainey in last month's PopCity! "A gaffer finds her light in Pittsburgh"

Check out this review of the GAFFER by local poet Fred Shaw (who will be reading at the Penguin on April 8!) "A groundbreaking film-industry worker turns impressive poet"

For more information and to hear and view Celeste reading her work, please visit

the GAFFER Cover Image
ISBN: 9780989036122
Availability: On Our Shelves Now
Published: Arktoi - March 10th, 2015

Event address: 
Penguin Bookshop
417 Beaver Street
Sewickley, PA 15143