Press Release

Oklahoma Poet Defies Genre, Convention In 1


Oklahoma City, OK -- Oklahoma poet Angie LaPaglia announces the release of 1, a book collaboration that the author describes as a melding of art and autobiography. Comprised of minimalist nude photographs of the poet set alongside her own confessional poetry, 1 recounts LaPaglia’s personal journey through and out of abuse and into self-redemption.

“The book isn’t about casting off that skin -- it’s about owning it,” she says. “It’s about emerging from a set of experiences beautiful and strong, not in spite of everything that happened, but because of it.”

The photographs of LaPaglia, taken by Tulsa artist and photographer Darshan Phillips, represent a tacit and literal owning of that skin. Sensitively conceived and brilliantly edited, they tell their own story. By intention, the book houses two independent narratives -- one in verse, one in photographs -- that unfold in parallel. Phillips’s spare, restrained page design provides a framework for each narrative to be heard on its own, while still reinforcing the other.

Despite its sometimes harsh subject matter -- the book recounts a rape, a miscarriage, and other dark episodes -- 1 refuses pity, and its construction defies genre. By design, 1 is both an art book owners will be proud to display and an unforgettable story that will resound loud and long.

For more information or to schedule a book signing, exhibit, or speaking engagement, contact LaPaglia at



Angie LaPaglia is a multi-disciplinary writer and poet based in north-central Oklahoma.Her short-form poetry has been recognized as among the world's best, receiving publication in both the 2010 and 2011 editions of Take Five Best Contemporary Tanka. Her short poems have also appeared in various print and online journals. She is currently working on her second book.


Darshan Phillips is a multi-disciplinary artist working in the fields of design, photography and fine art. Darshan's art has evolved over the years to his current style - a mix of graffiti, pop art, modernism, graphic design and urbanism. His art has taken him to Germany, Italy, Paris, Uganda and Panama.