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Reading Contemporary Poetry

Join Marion Boyer and Barbara Sabol to discuss books by three contemporary poets. We will begin with Pattiann Roger’s Quickening Fields, winner of the John Burroughs Medal for Lifetime Achievement in Nature Poetry, and move to Indigo, by Ellen Bass. Of her poetry, The New York Times says Bass’s work—about marriage and parenting, illness and recovery, small daily pleasures—cultivates an exuberance that’s born of, and balanced by, close watchfulness. In our final session we will discuss Wild Iris by Pulitzer Prize-winning poet, Louise Gluck. Wild Iris is a stunning collection of introspective poems written in lyrical language and was awarded the Nobel Prize in Literature.

No matter how familiar you are with poetry we invite you to an open and welcoming conversation. Each session we will also offer generative writing prompts based on our reading.

Instructors: Marion Starling Boyer is a poet and essayist with three published poetry collections: The Clock of the Long Now (Mayapple Press) and two chapbooks, Green (Finishing Line Press) and Composing the Rain (Grayson Books). Her fourth book, The Sea Was Never Far, was released May 2019 by Main Street Rag. A professor emeritus of Kalamazoo Valley Community College, Boyer has served on the executive board for Kalamazoo’s Poetry Festival and the planning committee for Lit Youngstown’s Fall Literary Festival. Boyer has led workshops for Lit Cleveland, Lit Youngstown, and Wisconsin’s Washington Island Literary Conference. Boyer’s work has been nominated for a Pushcart, the Lenore Marshall Award, and the “Best of the Net.” Her essays have been published by Great Lakes Review, Paddler Magazine, The Tishman Review, Canoe and Kayak and others. She lives in Twinsburg, Ohio.

Barbara Sabol's fourth poetry collection, Imagine a Town, won the 2019 poetry manuscript prize from Sheila-Na-Gig Editions. Her work has appeared most recently in Evening Street Review, One Art, Mezzo Cammin, Literary Accents and Modern Haiku, and in numerous anthologies. Barbara received her MFA from Spalding University. Her awards include an Individual Excellence Award from the Ohio Arts Council. She is a retired speech therapist who lives in Akron, OH with her husband and wonder dogs.

Details: Reading Contemporary Poetry takes place Mondays September 13 & 27 and October 11 from 1-3pm remotely through Zoom. 

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