Reading and Book Signing with Natalie Parker-Lawrence

Reading and Book Signing with Natalie Parker-Lawrence

Thursday, Apr 11, 2024 5:30 PM - 6:30 PM

Join us for a reading and book signing



for her book,


a collection of hybrid haiku poems

inspired by the female voices of  Veteran Caregivers

(Finishing Line Press, $23.99 paperback)


"Try picking drops of the ocean with tweezers. Try expressing your grief, rage, fear, love within the tiny, out-of-breath, syllable-stingy form of haiku. Natalie Parker-Lawrence's poems, concocted from the rushing, halting words of women caregivers of veterans, honor the essence. An image, a sound, a memory, a nightmare: capture it: in so few words." 

 ---Margaret Edson, author of Wit and winner of the 1999 Pulitzer Prize for Drama


" Natalie Parker-Lawrence's book of hybrid haiku strikes a delightful balance between delicacy and power. The poet also walks the tightrope between the personal and the universal, and she does so in such a way that the reader follows anxiously along, breathless and captivated. At turns gentle, at times brutal, but always poignant, Parker-Lawrence has the gift of the simple line that says much. I hope this book portends the start of a long career of verse."

---Corey Mesler, author of Cock-a-Hoop, and Take the Longing from my Tongue


Natalie earned an MFA in Creative Writing (Creative Nonfiction and Playwriting) at the University of New Orleans. She earned a BA in Comparative Literature, a BS in (Secondary Education, English/French), an MA in Linguistics (Dialect and Literacy), and +45 hours in Theatre from the University of Memphis. At three area high schools, she produced the annual Shakespeare Festival, chaired the English department, and taught AP English Literature, AP World History, Theatre, and French. She was an adjunct instructor in the Department of Communication and Film at the University of Memphis. Natalie lives with her husband, whom she has known since first grade, in midtown Memphis in a one hundred eighteen year-old house where her daughter, five stepsons, their families, and a black lab come and go.