PERFORMANCE: Prose, poetry and song for ‘Carry the Sky’ in two events

Musicians Marie Eaton, Janet Peterson and Karee Wardrop join writer Kate Gray in a celebration of the publication of Gray’s first novel, “Carry the Sky,” at 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 13, at the Roeder Home, 2600 Sunset Drive, at Broadway.

The event will explore her novel’s themes of love and resilience through prose, poetry and song. The Portland, Ore., poet took 10 years to complete her novel about what it means to be different in a world of uniformity.

A rower for years, Gray began her teaching career in an East Coast boarding school and has now taught English for more than 20 years at Clackamas Community College.

Her first full-length book of poems, “Another Sunset We Survive,” was a finalist for the Oregon Book Award and was followed chapbooks, “Bone Knowing,” winner of the Gertrude Press Poetry Prize, and “Where She Goes,” winner of the Blue Light Chapbook Prize.

The event is co-sponsored by Whatcom Homemade Music Society and by Whatcom Family & Community Network.

Suggested donation at the door is $15. Details on the event: 360-647-0741.

Gray will read from her book at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 14, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

More on the book: forestavenuepress.com/catalog/carry-the-sky.