Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Ohio Poetry Association presents Bruce Weigl in Oberlin 9/21

The Ohio Poetry Association's quarterly meeting comes north to be held this Saturday at the Oberlin Public Library.  Meeting at 10 a.m.  Reading and workshop at 1 p.m.  From the press release:

"For our fall quarterly program we are very excited and honored to welcome Lorain, Ohio native Bruce Weigl. Currently Distinguished Professor at Lorain County Community College, Bruce has twice been nominated for the Pulitzer Prize, most recently for The Abundance of Nothing (2012).

"In all, Weigl is the author of more than a dozen books of poetry, several collections of critical essays, and a best-selling prose memoir, The Circle of Hanh (2000). A veteran of the Vietnam War, Weigl’s early work engages directly with the horror of his experience of war, while more recent work explores themes of family and childhood. Weigl writes in his memoir: "The paradox of my life as a writer is that the war ruined my life and in return gave me my voice."

"Weigl earned his BA at Oberlin College, his MA at the University of New Hampshire, and his PhD at the University of Utah."

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The poet doesn't invent. He listens. ~Jean Cocteau