On Euclid Ave is the debut poetry collection by J. Fergus Evans, a yarn-spinnin', boy-kissin', spoken word and performance artist from Georgia, USA. Fergus has collaborated with leading arts organisations including Contact and Comma Film in Manchester, Apples & Snakes, Birmingham Rep, Battersea Arts Centre and Twinhead Theatre in Atlanta, restaging spoken word through video, soundscaping and sculpture. He is also a certified life coach and independent producer.
The hottest bar in a hot Southern city. A US State Highway twisting its way into the Appalachians. An overcast afternoon in an abandoned park in Manchester...
Using a mixture of intimate confessions and half-imagined anecdotes, Fergus weaves a transatlantic gaggle of modern day folk-tales and quiet revelations. It's full of the stories you tell people when they ask you where you're from, and learning that once you leave, you can't go back. It's about making a home from the things you have to hand.
Includes a Foreword by Michelle Green.
"If you haven't heard of Fergus Evans, you soon will." - The Pink Paper
"Fergus Evans makes statements from the provocative to the droll." - Atlanta Creative Loafing
"An exemplary piece of writing - rich, powerful and deeply evocative. Intimately delivered with warmth, wit, tenderness and poignancy." - Ben Mellor, BBC Radio 4 Slam Champion
"Love is shot right through this book, in all of its guises. Love and memory. And the sweet sore ache for home." - Michelle Green, poet & author
"Witty, emotive and rhythmic. Fergus Evans's work drives home a concrete truth coupled with a very poetic need to connect. It's impossible not to be moved by his intention and skill." - Gerry Potter, poet
Fergus performing 'On Euclid Ave' at Manchester Book Market organised by Literature Northwest.
Cover photo by Virginia Hansell DeRosa.
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