Wednesday, March 26, 2014

Speaker Series at Edison: Ohio Poet of the Year to Read

Lianne Spidel, Ohio Poet of 2013
Lianne Spidel, recently named Ohio Poet of 2013 by the Ohio Poetry Day Association, will appear at Edison Community College’s Piqua campus for two readings and discussion of her work on Thursday, April 3.

What to Tell Joseme is her first full book of published poetry although she has been published widely in literary magazines including Atlanta Review, Poetry, Southern Poetry Review, Green Mountain Review, Shenandoah Hubbub, Nimrod, and Rattle.

All who have had an imaginary friend in their childhood years will respond to the secrets that Spidel tells her make-believe friend, Joseme.

Audiences need not expect her poetry to be so esoteric that few can understand it. Instead, Spidel writes from the heart about loss, war, divorce, misunderstanding, and does so in plain English with an emotional bent that has a confessional tone.

Retired Edison professor Cathy Essinger says, “Lianne writes about family better than any poet I know with a knack for making plain language, plain topics, sound poetic.”

The fifty-minute readings are scheduled for 12 p.m. in Room 210 West Hall and again at 1:30 p.m. in Room 209 West Hall. The program is free and the public is invited. Visitor parking is available at the West Hall parking lot and at the Emerson Center. Stairs and an elevator provide easy access to the second floor. Contact: Dr. Vivian Blevins at 937-778-2815.

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