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Poetry Reading with Ellen Bass
Tuesday, October 28, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.
Ellen Bass's poetry includes Like a Beggar (Copper Canyon, 2014), The Human Line (Copper Canyon, 2007), named a Notable Book by the San Francisco Chronicle, and Mules of Love (BOA, 2002), winner of the Lambda Literary Award. Her work has been published in The New Yorker, The American Poetry Review, The New Republic, The Progressive, and The Kenyon Review. She coedited, with Florence Howe, No More Masks! An Anthology of Poems by Women and her nonfiction books include Free Your Mind and The Courage to Heal. She teaches in the MFA program at Pacific University.
SPOOKY Monster Reading! Come in costume!
Wednesday, October 29, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. with Tony Barnstone!
This selection of poems from across the ages brings to life a staggering array of zombies, ghosts, vampires, and devils. Our culture's current obsession with zombies and vampires is only the latest form of a fascination with crossing the boundary between the living and the dead that has haunted humans since we first began writing. The poetic evidence gathered here ranges from ancient Egyptian inscriptions and the Mesopotamian epic Gilgamesh to the Greek bard Homer, and from Shakespeare and Milton and Keats to Emily Dickinson and Edgar Allan Poe. Here too are terrifying apparitions from a host of more recent poets, from T.S. Eliot and Sylvia Plath to Rita Dove and Billy Collins, from Allen Ginsberg and H. P. Lovecraft to Mick Jagger and Shel Silverstein. The result is a delightfully entertaining volume of spine-tingling poems for fans of horror and poetry both.
All readings are free and open to the public. Reading series sponsored by the Wardman Library, the Cultural Center, Garrett House, Hartley House, Latino Studies, Whittier Scholars, Poets and Writers, and Whittier College Department of English.