Photographs from Thursday Night
Jack Ridl, reading from Broken Symmetry, his collection published a couple of years ago by Wayne State University Press. Note to attentive future biographers: Yes, you can just see the back of writer Sue William Silverman's head. The poet Jane Bach was also in the crowd.
Jack Ridl shows the crowd a new anthology of poems by Naomi Shihab Nye. 9 of the 25 (actually 26) emerging poets contained in the book (selected in a "blind" process) are graduates of Hope College.
Someday, Jack will get the recognition he deserves as one of America's great poetry teachers.
Jack Ridl introduces the poems from Losing Season, published last fall by CavanKerry Press. This wonderful collection tells the story of a small town's struggling high school basketball team––imagine Jim Carroll channeling Edgar Lee Masters––and has received a great deal of national attention on NPR, in Sports Illustrated, and elsewhere.
Marc Sheehan, reading a poem from his amazing new collection, Vengeful Hymns, which won the Richard Snyder Poetry Prize from Ashland University Press.
This is Marc again, introducing a poem. I think the poem is "Job Accomplishments" which draws its epigraph from Bart Simpson.
This is a funny, poignant, elegant book you will want to read again and again.
This is me, introducing the Martin Johnson Heade poems from my manuscript-eagerly-in-search-of-a-publisher, Tropical Landscape with Ten Hummingbirds.
Carlos, Liam and dad, listening to Marc's reading.
The three of us, answering questions after the reading.
A big S@4A.M. thanks to Jane and the good people at The Bookman in Grand Haven for hosting this event.