Summer is wrapping up with a whole host of literary opportunities, events and news.
• For example, celebrate the 50th anniversary of Five Rivers MetroParks by reading and listening to poems that extol the nature and spirit of the parks. Organizers at the parks asked nine local poets to submit original work around the theme of “Hidden Nature;” the poets then recorded their poems at the parks’ main office. The local poets are Marietta Ball, Adrienne Cassel, Ed Davis, Cathy Essinger, David Garrison, Betsy Hughes, Ron Knipfer, Julie L. Moore and Mary Jo White. Read more about these poets and experience their poetry at the Five Rivers MetroParks’ webpage http://history.metroparks.org/hidden-nature/poetry-poets/
• And while we’re on the topic of poetry, tonight at 8 p.m. at Ghostlight Coffee (1201 Wayne Ave., Dayton) Gem City Poetry Stage will again host its monthly reading. Kicking off the reading will be Gary Pacernick, Professor Emeritus of English at Wright State University. His poetry collection, The Jewish Poems, was adapted for the stage and for Public TV. He has numerous other collections to his credit, and his poetry has appeared in many magazines. After his reading, poets are invited to participate in an open mic.
• Local author Katrina Kittle (Reasons To Be Happy, Blessings of the Animals and other novels; visit www.katrinakittle.com) was recently named the John E. Nance Writer-in-Residence for 2013 for Thurber House (www.thurberhouse.org) in Columbus. Additionally, Katrina will be teaching the following classes at Word’s Worth Writing Center in September:
- Characterization—Wednesdays, Sept. 4-25, 6-8:30 p.m.
- Description—Mondays, Sept. 9-23, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
- Ready, Set, NaNo! (Preparation for November’s National Novel Writing Month)—Sunday, Sept. 22, 5-7 p.m.
All sessions are held at the Oakwood Starbucks (Conference Room) at 2424 Far Hills Ave., Oakwood. Find out more about these classes or register at www.wordsworthdayon.com
• Antioch Writers’ Workshop has announced its slate of Free Sunday Mini-Seminars. The first will be “Writing Dynamite Dialogue!” led by author Tim Waggoner, who has published nearly 30 novels and three short story collections, held Sunday Sept. 8, 2:00-3:30 p.m. at Books & Co. at The Greene. The full schedule is available at www.antiochwritersworkshop.com
The workshop has also announced its 2nd Annual Fall Retreat, which will be held November 1-3 at the Grailville Retreat Center in Loveland, Ohio. The retreat will be led by nonfiction author Matthew Goodman (Eighty Days) and novelist Sherri Wood Emmons (The Weight of Small Things.) See the workshop’s website for more details or to apply to attend; application deadline is October 1.
• University of Dayton recently announced the first events of its 2013-14 Speaker Series, focused on the theme Human Rights: A Global Challenge. Speakers for this series are diverse and distinguished, and are often authors of renowned, thoughtful books. The first speaker this year is Jonathan Haidt, who will speak on “The Righteous Mind: Why Good People are Divided by Politics and Religion,” on Thursday, Sept. 12, 7 p.m., at the Kennedy Union ballroom at the University of Dayton. The event is free and open to the public, and a book signing will follow. Learn more at http://www.udayton.edu/provost/speaker_series/
Do you have an upcoming literary event or are you part of a book club? If so, and you’d like your event or club considered for inclusion in Literary Life, please be sure to drop me a line via email!