Bethany Breitland - Fire Index: Poems

Book Launch Celebration
Tuesday, April 4, 2023 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
191 Bank Street
Burlington, VT 05401

Join us to kick off National Poetry Month with Vermont poet Bethany Breitland as we celebrate the release of her new poetry collection, Fire Index.

Fire Index, winner of the 2022 Sundog Poetry Book Award, measures the interior life of a survivor against the world she creates through her own fractured marriage, motherhood, and religion. Told in fragments, using hybrid and persona, Breitland confronts the trauma of her brother’s death, her father’s abuse, and the complicated relationships to her sister, mother, and womanhood. She reckons with her complicit, and often dishonest life, and how walking out from the burning construct demands her full attention, forgiveness, responsibility.

Fire Index is an exploration beneath the many layers of truth, time, memory and so many other factors that is the stuff that sometimes makes life too hot to sit with.” —Shanta Lee, final judge, author of GHETTOCLAUSTROPHOBIA: Dreamin of Mama While Trying to Speak Woman in Woke Tongues

Bethany Breitland was born in northern Indiana. Her people are cult members, truckers, doctors, child-mothers, and business tycoons. She has lived, studied, and taught on the West Coast, the South, and New England. Breitland earned her undergrad degree from Pepperdine University, and her MFA from Vermont College. As an educator and activist, she has worked for over 20 years concerning women’s rights and the LGBTQ community. Nominated for the Pushcart Prize, recipient of various poetry prizes, this is her first full length book of poems. She lives with her children and her partner in Vermont.

DATE:  Tuesday, April 4th, 7:00pm

LOCATION:  Phoenix Books Burlington, 191 Bank Street, downtown Burlington

TICKETS:  $3.  Your ticket comes with a coupon for $3 off any of the author's books.  Coupons expire at closing the evening of the event.  Tickets can be purchased at the registration link below, or at the door. 


BOOKS:  Signed copies of Fire Index will be available at the event. Can't make it to the event but still want to purchase a signed, personalized copy of Fire Index?  Click HERE.  Copies will be available after the event on April 4th.  If you ordered a book for store pick up, we will contact you as soon as it's ready.  If you ordered a book with shipping, please allow an additional 7-10 days for delivery.