Local author Thomas Rain Crowe named his first biographical work A House of Girls (Wind Publications, 2007), which is perhaps ironic. Or maybe not; we’ll have to read the book. Crowe is also billing the culled-from-real-life work as fiction as well as “love stories with a twist,” so it seems safe to assume that tricks are up sleeves.
Crowe is probably best known for his own collections of poetry, published at his own New Native Press and occasionally performed to the accompanyment of his band, the Boat Rockers. He spent time at the home of famed Welsh writer Dylan Thomas while composing a collection of poetry and considers himself a part of the Baby Beats, a post beat-poetry movement. Crowe has also translated the works of Middle Eastern poet Hafiz, and founded Fern Hill Records, dedicated to the collaborative works of spoken words artists and musicians.
Crowe’s Sunday, Jan. 27, reading at Malaprop’s promises to be his only local event promoting Girls. 3 p.m., info: 254-6734.
—Alli Marshall, A&E reporter