D.S. Poorman (Dave Baker) was a man of literary adventures and initiatives — from wooden handbound bookcrafting (now gracing UofL’s library) to organizing one of Louisville’s most imaginative festivals (Insomniacathon, in 2001). He passed away young a couple years’ back, leaving a wealth of poetry that had not seen the light of published day, as had his three novels. But now comes “Before the Grave,” a generous collection of his poems — capped with a loving and honest biographical essay by Kent Fielding, the book’s editor and Baker’s close friend. Other friends are joining in to give this collection a proper launch into the world, with Zanzabar hosting a full evening of music, readings and remembrance. Donations will go toward a David Scott Baker Scholarship for kindred literary-minded souls.
Saturday, July 17Zanzabar
7 p.m. | $10 (suggested donation)