Entries in Reading (17)

Saturday
May132017

Grier School and Graduation

A BIG THANK YOU to Kara Lawler and the lovely young women at the Grier School for Girls, for an engaging afternoon of poetry and writing discussion in their newly redecorated coffee barn. I forgot to take pictures this go-round, but here is one from a past visit:

Coffee Barn at the Grier School.

It is also graduation weekend at WVU. I just wanted to say congrats to all my students and advisees walking in this weekend's ceremony. Good luck to you all!

Saturday
Mar252017

"Letter To West Virginia" and Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods

It's been a big week for writing and West Virginia. 

At least, I think so.

Ann Pancake, a writer I admire so very much, allowed Keegan Lester and me to publish her "Letter to West Virginia" at Souvenir I can't even say how excited I am that she allowed us to share this through our journal. To say I'm honored doesn't event come close to being enough.

I hope you will take time to read it.

Also this week, there has been several events around a new anthology of West Virginia writers from the WVU Press: Eyes Glowing at the Edge of the Woods. Thursday there was a reception sponsored by the WVU Provost and Friday night there was a reading at 123 Pleasant Street in Morgantown. Stay tuned--there will be other upcoming events!

Somehow I didn't get nearly enough pictures this week, but here are a few to share:

Here's the book's cover. Isn't just gorgeous?

Doug Van Gundy took this pic of me waiting to read. I had to read between two real master writers/readers--after Mark Brazaitis and before Jim Harms. Let me tell you, those guys are pros!

But everyone who read was a real pro. 

Dominique Bruno, the best PR-gal for writers, snapped this photo of me reading. 

In two days, I got to be among so many friends--old friends, new friends, new friends that feel like old friends!

Here I am with John Hoppenthaler, a friend of over 20 years, a terrific poet, in town to be a part of the reading. 

Saturday
Feb252017

A night at the West Virginia Folklife Center

Friday night fun: Natalie Sypolt, Dominique Bruno and I hopped in the car and headed to the West Virginia Folklife Center where our friend and WV poet laureate Marc Harshman was being honored, along with the musician Bill Stalnaker (Bill, thanks for the T-Bone Walker and all the rest!)

We also took in a very cool folklife botany exhibit, and saw a Doug Van Gundy poem on display.

Monday
Feb202017

Writerly Events

So, instead of being a gregarious hermit, I've been out and about this Feb. 

First, I was at AWP, where I subbed on a panel about writing workshops, and made some lovely new pals.

Then, I needed a break, so with Dominique Bruno and Natalie Sypolt, I headed over to the National Gallery of Art. 

Then, on Saturday, Feb. 18, I read with Keegan Lester and Co. for the release of his new book, at 123 Pleasant Street. 

From the reading and new project: Gaudy and gorgeous, like one hit wonders of years past, like my body easing into its womanhood, surely a dream, a world I didn’t quite yet understand, if I ever understood her, ever, at all. 


Sunday
Nov202016

Guilty Pleasures: Reading on My Thanksgiving Break