On Saturday September 22 at 1:00 p.m., the Village Learning Place will be hosting a poetry reading from the unique anthology Challenges for the Delusional. Challenges for the Delusional was published by Jane Street Press in 2012 and compiles eccentric poetry writing prompts that Peter Murphy has shared for 18 years at his annual Poetry & Prose Getaway in New Jersey.
The Village Learning Place is located at 2521 St. Paul Street, and the reading is presented by Murphy Writing Seminars, an organization that facilitates challenging and supportive events for poets, writers, and teachers, in partnership with the Village Learning Place. The reading will also conclude with a writing prompt for the audience to take away.
Natasha Trethewey, 46, is a creative writing and English professor at Atlanta’s Emory University and will also be the first person to serve as both a state and national laureate as Mississippi’s top poet.
In 2007, she won a Pulitzer Prize for her book of poems Native Guard and is the first Southern poet laureate since the initial laureate, Robert Penn Warren, in 1986. She is also one of the youngest United States laureates. Her next collection of poems, Thrall, will be published this year and examines her relationship with her father and the nature of memory within families.
Over the course of the position’s history, there have only been five female poet laureates. Trethewey is following in the footsteps of Baltimore’s Josephine Jacobsen, who helped found BrickHouse. Jacobsen was the one of the first women to hold the title of Poetry Consultant to the Library of Congress, a post which later was renamed Poet Laureate of the U.S.
On June 20 at 7 p.m. Isaac Rehert, a member of Stony Run Meeting, will do a reading and book-signing for his recently published book renaissance. The event will be held at the Barnes and Noble bookstore of Johns Hopkins University at 3300 St. Paul St.
The collection is compiled of poems written for a poetry-writing class at the Renaissance Institute, a lifelong learning program at the College of Notre Dame. Come participate in providing support for a Stony Run member!