Friday, November 13, 2009

Poet Lore: Celebrating 120 Years

A friendly reminder that The Writer’s Center invites you to join us in celebrating "120 Years of Poet Lore,” featuring readings by Gary Fincke, John Balaban, and Myra Sklarew (bios below) on Saturday, November 14th at 7:30 pm at The Historical Society of Washington. Champagne reception to follow. FREE. RSVP and read more here.

Gary Fincke has twenty-one books in print and is the Charles Degenstein professor of creative writing at Susquehanna University. His collection of stories, Sorry I Worried You, won the Flannery O’Connor Prize and was published by the University of Georgia Press. He won the 2003 Ohio State University Press /The Journal Poetry Prize, and his third collection of stories, The Stone Child, won the George Garrett Fiction Prize that year. Fincke has also received two Pushcart Prizes. His latest poetry collection is The Fire Landscape (Arkansas, 2008). A memoir, The Canals of Mars, will be published by Michigan State in 2010.

John Balaban is the author of twelve books of poetry and prose, including four volumes which together have won The Academy of American Poets’ Lamont prize, a National Poetry Series Selection, and two nominations for the National Book Award. His Locusts at the Edge of Summer: New and Selected Poems won the 1998 William Carlos Williams Award from the Poetry Society of America. His latest book of poetry is Path, Crooked Path (Copper Canyon, 2006). Balaban teaches at North Carolina State University in Raleigh.

Myra Sklarew writes poetry, fiction, and nonfiction, and is the author of three chapbooks and six collections of poetry. From 1987 to 1991 she served as president of the Yaddo artist community, and she is currently emerita professor of literature in the writing program at American University. She is completing a study of Holocaust and traumatic memory (SUNY Press), and her new collection of poetry, Harmless, is due out in May. She has also co-edited (with Bruce Sklarew) The Journey of Child Development: Selected Papers of Dr. Joseph Noshpitz, due out in 2010 from Routledge.

- Sonja Patterson

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