LETTERS TO THE HOME is a collection of poetry that seeks to explore family, memory, mental health, sexuality, grief, and trauma. The poems, ranging from four lines to one hundred, sliced in parts or told as one, written stream-of-conscious or slowly shaped, tell a story of grief and reconciliation. In these poems, cars almost crash, letters are never sent, odes are composed, and memories are unearthed. Achingly personal and stripped bare, LETTERS TO THE HOME is a raw examination of what it means to grow up mentally ill; to be “other” in a world that values sameness; to reconcile memory with fact; and, at the center of everything, what it means to lose a sibling.
About the Author
Michael Gray Bulla is a writer and poet from Franklin, Tennessee. He was named the 2017 Nashville Youth Poet Laureate with Southern Word and has won six awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition. Currently, he is pursuing a degree in English. During the rare moments when he isn’t writing, he can be found drawing, consuming copious amounts of Diet Coke, or watching '90s cartoons with his niece. LETTERS TO THE HOME is his first poetry collection. You can find him on Twitter and Instagram under @graybulla.
Kelly Cass Falzone is a poet, book artist, educator, and Master’s level counselor living in Nashville. Most recently awarded the 2018 Bea Gonzalez Prize for Poetry, Falzone’s work has appeared in journals such as Stone Canoe, Nashville Arts Magazine, Clackamas Literary Review, Poet’s On:, First Class Lit, and Cumberland Poetry Review, among others.
The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate is a joint program of the Office of the Mayor, Metro Arts: Nashville Office of Arts + Culture, Nashville Public Library’s Studio NPL, Nashville Public Library Foundation, Metro Nashville Public Schools, Urban Word, and Southern Word. The Nashville Youth Poet Laureate program aims to identify young writers and leaders who are committed to civic and community engagement, diversity and tolerance, and youth voice across Nashville.