Alright, I’ve been busily helping to promote this event on radio, print and Facebook for a couple of weeks now. You, my patient reader, have not given up on me, and for that I am grateful. Here is the first video from the readings that I’ve been talking so much about. This is not the entire reading, but a good sampling of the work of Marjorie Maddox. I’ll do one for Melanie Simms’ portion of the program, one for mine, and then a blended video with clips from each of us.
The weather was gorgeous, and the Susquehanna River was showing off at her best. I hope you like the results. More coming up tomorrow (Sunday)!
For those of you who are new here, I had the honor of reading with two fantastic poets this weekend at the River Festival in the town of Sunbury, Pennsylvania. This was such a joy for me for many reasons, not only the beautiful day, and the talented writers, but the opportunity to do something concrete and local to bring, as Marjorie Maddox says, “Poetry to the People.”
Marjorie has published several volumes of poetry and is co-editor of the book Common Wealth: Contemporary Poets on Pennsylvania. She was poet in residence last month at the Chautauqua Institute, and is director of creative writing at Lock Haven University, where she just so happened to teach composition to my oldest son. Yes, central Pennsylvania is a vast woodland, but a small world after all.
Here is a good article in the Chautauqua blog about her work in July. You can read more about her in her bio on the Poetry Foundation website. And if you are interested in Common Wealth, you can find more info here.