Project Description


George Looney is the author of seven books of poetry—including, most recently, Structures the Wind Sings Through—and one novella. He is the founder of the BFA in Creative Writing Program at Penn State Erie, editor-in-chief of the international literary journal Lake Effect, translation editor of Mid-American Review, and co-founder of the Chautauqua Writers’ Festival.


What Light Becomes: The Turner Variations

Pub Date:6/1/2019

Poetry. Winner of the Red Mountain Poetry Prize. “‘Flames, reflected, turn the Thames / a color it will never be again…’ These lines from WHAT LIGHT BECOMES: THE TURNER VARIATIONS by George Looney states themes of his tightly woven and brilliantly meditative collection of lyric verse. Each poem refers to a painting of William Turner and each reaches beyond to explore perception, memory, passion, and art. Focus on this 19th century London painter’s work allows the poet to delve into mysteries of the elements and transience. Together, all the pieces of the collection create work of a grand master.”—Denise Low

George Looney