Nikki Giovanni, Jacqueline Osherow, Georgia poets to speak this month

April 8, 2013 

Poet Jacqueline Osherow, author Nikki Giovanni, Nick Norwood, Freddie O'Reilly, Ron Self and Scott Wilkerson to speak at McCullers Center and Chattahoochee Valley libraries events.

Bill Consoletti: 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, April 11, at Columbus Public Library. Consoletti talks about Georgia’s rich legacy in use of the forest resource. From longleaf pine logs used by the early colonists for their homes to generating electricity through a biomass plant today, the forest resource has been utilized to meet the needs of people. The presentation will explain how important the forests have been to Georgians over the centuries.

An Afternoon with Poet Jacqueline Osherow: A Q&A with the poet is at 4 p.m. with a reading at 7:30 p.m. Friday, April 12 at the McCullers Center. Osherow is the author of six books of poems, including, most recently, The Hoopoe’s Crown (BOA Editions, 2005) and Whitethorn (LSU Press, 2011). After the publication of her first collection, "Looking for Angels in New York," she was awarded the Witter Bynner Prize from the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. Since then, she has received numerous honors, as well as grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Guggenheim Foundation, and the Ingram Merrill Foundation. And her poems have appeared in a wide range of journals and anthologies, including The Paris Review, The New Yorker, The Norton Anthology of Jewish-American Literature, and The Best American Poetry (1995 and 1998). Osherow grew up in Philadelphia. She earned her B.A. from Radcliffe College-Harvard University and her Ph.D. from Princeton. She now serves as Distinguished Professor of English and Creative Writing at the University of Utah.

A No Holds Barred Poetry Round Robin: 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 17 at the Columbus Public Library. Four Georgia poets -- Nick (Bruiser) Norwood, Freddie (Slugger) O’Reilly, Ron (Sugar Man) Self and Scott (The Phantom) Wilkerson -- will be featured. Sponsored by Chattahoochee Valley Libraries & Chattahoochee Valley Writers Conference.

Q&A with Nikki Giovanni: The author speaks and answers questions at 4 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at the McCullers Center. A talk will follow at Carver High School Auditorium at 7 p.m. as part of the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries’ “Building Common Ground” series. See more here:

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