West Virginia University at Parkersburg will celebrate National Poetry Month with two readings by West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman on Wednesday, April 11 in the college theater. Both readings are free to attend and open to the public.
Harshman will read from a selection of poems at 12:15 p.m. and again at 6 p.m. A Q&A session will follow the evening reading.
Governor Earl Ray Tomblin appointed Harshman as the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia in 2012. Harshman’s poetry reflects on the bonds formed between an individual and their families and communities as well as their past and present.
Most recently, Harshman received the 2017 Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association for his full-length collection of poems, “Believe What You Can.” Also, his third full-length collection of poems, “Women in Red Anorak,” won the 2017 Blue Lynx Prize and will be published later this year.
He has also authored 14 children’s books. The title, “The Storm” was a Children’s Book Council Notable Book for Social Studies, a Junior Library Guild selection, a 1995 Parent’s Choice Award recipient and a Smithsonian Notable Book for Children. Another title, “Only One,” was featured on the PBS TV show, Reading Rainbow.
National Poetry month is known as the “largest literary celebration in the world.” Founded in 1966 by the Academy of American Poets, this month is dedicated to increasing awareness of the genre.
For more information, contact Danielle Kelly at ude.puvwnull@4ylleKD or 304-424-8452