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Reading at Longwood this week!

Okay my Virginia lovelies! 

I’m thrilled to be part of the Longwood Authors’ Reading Series, this coming Wednesday! 

Wednesday, October 19, 2016 at 8pm

Wygal Auditorium on Longwood’s campus

Reception (Free food!) to follow. 

I’ll be reading from my newest book, A Little Blood,  A Little Rain, as well as The Night I Heard Everything, both from FutureCycle Press.

And maybe…. we’ll have a lil contest and give away a couple free copies of the new book! 😉 

 

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Monday Must Read! Patricia Jabbeh Wesley: When the Wanderers Come Home

 

jabbeh-wesleyThis week’s Must Read is Patricia Jabbeh Wesley, author of When the Wanderers Come Home( 2016), Where the Road Turns (2010), The River Is Rising (2007), Crab Orchard Series in Poetry–winner Becoming Ebony (2003), and Before the Palm Could Bloom: Poems of Africa (1998),

Patricia was born in Monrovia, Liberia, and raised there and in her father’s home village of Tugbakeh, where she learned to speak Grebo in addition to English, the national language. In 1991, Wesley immigrated with her family to southern Michigan to escape the Liberian civil war. She earned a BA at the University of Liberia, an MS at Indiana University, and a PhD at Western Michigan University.Her poems have also been featured in former US Poet Laureate Ted Kooser’s syndicated newspaper column, “American Life in Poetry.”

Vulnerable in their combination of grief and levity, Wesley’s poems deal with family, community, and war. “What I try to do in my poetry is to show that the artist does not exist in isolation from his surroundings,” Wesley has stated in interviews.

Patricia teaches as an Associate Professor at Penn State University.

Visit Patricia’s Wesbites:

Author Website:

http://pjabbeh.com

Poetry for Peace

http://poetryforpeace.wordpress.com

Buy Patricia’s Beautiful Books!

When the Wanderers Come Home

http://www.nebraskapress.unl.edu/product/When-the-Wanderers-Come-Home,677245.aspx

Where the Road Turns

http://www.autumnhouse.org/product/where-the-road-turns-patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

The River Is Rising

https://www.amazon.com/River-Rising-Patricia-Jabbeh-Wesley/dp/1932870180/ref=tmm_pap_swatch_0?_encoding=UTF8&qid=1453482993&sr=8-2

Becoming Ebony

http://www.siupress.com/catalog/productinfo.aspx?id=104&AspxAutoDetectCookieSupport=1

Before the Palm Could Bloom

https://www.amazon.com/Before-Palm-Could-Bloom-Africa/dp/0932826644/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1474893728&sr=1-2

Read More from Patricia Online!

http://www.pjabbeh.com/faq-home.htm

http://www.pjabbeh.com/exile.html

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/54801

http://www.literaryorphans.org/playdb/two-poems-patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

http://homeslicemag.com/poetry-woman-patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

http://www.connotationpress.com/hoppenthaler-s-congeries/2015-08-19-18-45-41/april-2014/2266-patricia-jabbeh-wesley-poetry

http://www.cortlandreview.com/issue/19/wesley19.html

http://www.nathanielturner.com/patriciajabbehwesleytable.htm

Interviews

http://www.thepatrioticvanguard.com/interview-with-liberian-prize-winning-poet-professor-patricia-jabbeh-wesley

http://liberianobserver.com/poetry/conversation-liberia%E2%80%99s-celebrated-poet-dr-patricia-jabbeh-wesley

https://wpsu.psu.edu/tv/programs/conversations/patricia-jabbeh-wesley/

http://radio.wpsu.org/post/take-note-poet-patricia-jabbeh-wesley-surviving-liberian-civil-war

Hear Patricia Read!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8eZeb8b4qVs

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bmc9BPgH3UE

Happy Reading!

xo

Mary

Poetry House Concert Happiness! Scott Depot WV <3 Thanks to Mary Imo Stike and John Stike <3

I was in West Virginia this past weekend for a house concert style poetry reading in Scott Depot WV, hosted by the kind and generous Mary Imo Stike and John Stike 🙂 The mountains as always were beautiful, my hosts warm and lovely, and the audience, around twenty-two people in attendance–were spirited and funny and smart and a very eclectic talented bunch themselves, in sooo many ways! We were also blessed with the beautiful musical talents of The Wild Hares! Awesome, funny, Doug, Jim, and Mike rocked the tunes before and after the reading 🙂

The conversation after the reading was just amazing! Talk of–yes, poetry :-)–but also of physics and spirituality, language and issues of class bias, tradition and preservation, the search for truth in so many ways beyond academia. I learned–and laughed :-)–with every conversation. I felt blessed to be in their presence. And twenty more copies of my crazy books out into the world! 🙂 Thank you, Mary and John, and thank you, West Virginia, for an incredible reading experience! 

I do believe these house readings, the revival of the salon, are crucial to the future of poetry. So many readers and thinkers and lovers of words outside the insulated walls of academia! I’m grateful for that, and I can’t wait to meet more of them! ❤ 

Some of my favorite pics from the trip 🙂 ❤

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