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Poet to read latest work

March 24, 2017
The Town Crier

YOUNGSTOWN - The Mahoning Valley Historical Society and Etruscan Press will co-sponsor "'Morning Where You Are': The Poetry of Tim Seibles" 7 p.m. Monday at the Tyler Mahoning Valley History Center, 325 W. Federal St.

During the program, which will be held in the center's second-floor ballroom, the prominent African-American poet will read excerpts from his recent book, "One Turn Around the Sun," a collection of poems.

The current poet laureate of Virginia, Seibles is the author of seven books of poetry and has won recognition for dramatic readings of his streetwise and syncopated poems.

He is a National Book Award Finalist and Theodore Roethke Prize Winner, as well as a recipient of fellowships from the National Endowment of the Arts and the Provincetown Fine Arts Work Center.

As an outreach poet of the Etruscan Press, Seibles also will visit four public schools during his stay in the Youngstown area. He will be joined by novelist Lynn Lurie, author of "Quick Kills" and "Corner of the Dead."

Monday's program also will feature a short program by the Youngstown Connection, a singing and dancing group made up of high school students from the city and surrounding school districts.

The nonprofit Etruscan Press is directed by Philip Brady, a professor at Youngstown State University Department of English. Housed at Wilkes University and partnering with Youngstown State University, Etruscan works to produce and promote books that nurture the dialogue among genres, cultures and voices. The literary press publishes books of poems, novels, short stories, creative nonfiction, criticism, translation and anthologies.

The event will be free and open to the public, and refreshments will be available.

For more information, contact the Mahoning Valley Historical Society at 330-743-2589.



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