What are you searching for?

Are you searching for deeper meaning in your life? EVIDENCE OF FLOSSING: WHAT WE LEAVE BEHIND by Connecticut writer/artist Jen Payne cuts a path though our human folly – politics, religion, development, technology, consumerism – to a more divine connection with our natural world. Not just a simple poetry chapbook, its pages are illustrated by a random, absurd, and heartbreaking assortment of original and vintage photographs. “This is a most unusual book,” says one reader. “It is richly thoughtful and sorely, sorely needed.” CLICK HERE to purchase your copy today!

Here, There and Everywhere!

Look for Evidence of Flossing at these Upcoming Events!

Book Signing: Rock Garden
Saturday, November 18, 11am-2pm
Book Signing, Refreshments & More
17 South Main Street, Branford, CT
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Book Signing: Seaside Home & Gifts
Saturday, December 2, 2-5pm
Book Signing, Refreshments & More
172 Thimble Islands Road, Branford, CT
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Follow Our Nationwide Blog Tour!

Begins November 27

Evidence of Flossing begins its nationwide blog tour on Monday, November 27. Coordinated by the fantastic women at WOW! Women on Writing, the 21-stop tour lasts through the month of December and includes interviews, book reviews, and guest blog posts. See the full schedule, then…

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Thank you for your support!

If you’re interested in scheduling a book signing or reading event for your shop, gallery, organization or reading group, please contact us.

Find Evidence of Flossing at Rock Garden in Branford, November 18

Flosser No. 062-0616, Flosser with Paperclip at the ATM, by Jen Payne, June 2016

at Rock Garden, Branford
Saturday, November 18, 11am – 2pm

Recently featured on the Arts Council of Greater New Haven and Bored Panda websites, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the new book by writer/artist Jen Payne, will make an appearance at Rock Garden in Branford on Saturday, November 18 from 11am – 2pm. See the Evidence, meet the author, and support local business during this November book signing event.

Part social commentary, part lament, the poems in Evidence of Flossing are, at their heart, love poems to the something greater within all of us. Their investigation of the human condition and its folly — politics, religion, development, technology, consumerism — is juxtaposed to a series of poems about our natural world and the possibility of divine connection. 

Award-winning poet Nancy Fitz-Hugh Meneely calls this “a most unusual book, richly thoughtful and sorely, sorely needed.” A timely publication given the state of our current world, Evidence of Flossing is more than a simple poetry chapbook. Its pages are illustrated by a random, absurd, and heartbreaking assortment of original and vintage photographs, including a series of discarded dental flossers that inspired the title of the book.

A take on traditional street photography, these images examine human nature from a different and thought-provoking perspective. They are part of a collection of more than 100 photographs of used dental flossers found by Payne between 2014 – 2017, and speak to the subtitle of the book: What will we leave behind?

Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind follows on the heels of Payne’s 2014 well-received book LOOK UP! Musings on the Nature of Mindfulness, and continues a dialogue about our innate connection with nature.

The event is free and open to the public. Refreshments will be served. Rock Garden is located at 17 South Main Street, Branford, CT.

CLICK HERE to purchase a copy of the book today!

A Way with Words…

By Pam Johnson, Senior Staff Writer, Shore Publishing

No doubt about it, Jen Payne has a way with words. From her place among invitation-only Guilford Poets Guild to her newest book, Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, the shoreline author and artist brings together words and images to champion the natural world and remind us of what she terms “our divine and innate connection with nature.” The book also provides telling social commentary and photos showing “evidence,” warning of a growing disregard for nature’s gifts and for each other. (Read More)

Looking for Evidence of Flossing?

Then look no further!


Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind
73 Poems by Jen Payne
80+ Original & Vintage Photographs
180 Pages, Full Color, Signed, $21.99


Or stop by the Martha Link Walsh Gallery for this weekend’s book launch events!
Saturday, October 14, 3-6pm & Sunday, October 15, Noon – 2pm
188 North Main Street, Branford, CT 06405
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A Poet Learns The Proper Way To Floss

by Lucy Gellman, Editor, The Arts Paper (Arts Council of Greater New Haven)

Jen Payne remembers the first one that she saw. And the one after that. And after that. Tiny, single-use dental flossers, discarded in parking lots, and beaches, and wooded hikes around her hometown of Branford. Each cast off in nature with no explanation, and no owner.

She started photographing them as a series, more flossers catching her eye every few days. At first, she didn’t know what the series would become: A friend joked that one flosser photo looked like a book idea; another met with her to talk about them in the context of an exhibition.

Now, the flossers — and four years of writing that they accompany — are fodder for Evidence of Flossing: What We Leave Behind, a book of poetry and photographs out this fall from Three Chairs Publishing. What began as a project distinctly about nature and the environment has transformed into something larger, what Payne pinpoints as a sort of environmental meditation on our place in the universe.

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