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Western Libraries Heritage Resources celebrates National Poetry Month! Please join us on Tuesday, April 29th from 4:00 to 5:00pm in the Special Collections Research Room for a poetry reading by local authors Jim Bertolino, Paul Piper, and Allen Frost. Inagurated by the Academy of American Poets in 1996, National Poetry Month is now held every April when poetry aficionados across the country get together to celebrate poetry and its vital place in American culture. To mark the occasion, Heritage Resources has invited three talented writers from our campus and local community to read selections from their original works:
Jim Bertolino’s poetry has been appearing internationally in books, magazines, and anthologies for over 40 years. He has been recognized nationally by the Book-of-the-Month Club Poetry Fellowship, the Discovery Award, a National Endowment for the Arts fellowship, two Quarterly Review of Literature book publication awards, and the Jeanne Lohmann Poetry Prize for Washington State Poets. His 12th volume, Ravenous Bliss: New and Selected Love Poems, is forthcoming in 2014 from MoonPath Press.
Paul Piper is currently Special Collections Librarian at Western Washington University. His fiction and poetry have appeared in over 70 literary magazines, journals, and anthologies, and he has six published books of poetry including the most recent, Praises Too, which he co-authored with fellow presenter Allen Frost. One of Paul’s poems, “Dog in Winter,” was recently nominated to appear in Ted Kooser’s American Life in Poetry column.
Allen Frost is a long-time Western Libraries employee who just published his 8th book, Saint Lemonade, which is set here in Bellingham. He is currently at work on a novel. novel.
The poetry reading is free and open to the public, and light refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact Paul.Piper@wwu.edu or call 360-650-3097.