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Poet Laureate Richard Hague and Marc Harshman To Read

Steubenville-Schiappa Branch Library

Date: Thursday, April 26, 2018
From: 6:00:00 PM

Steubenville native and West Virginia Poet laureate to read

     Richard Hague, formerly of Steubenville and a 1965 Catholic Central High School graduate, will be reading from two new books  on Thursday, April 26 at 6 pm. Joining him will be Wheeling resident Marc Harshman, Poet Laureate of West Virginia. The two writers have been published together numerous times, and Harshman featured Hague on The Poetry Break program on PBS. Both writers are winners of the prestigious Weatherford Award in Poetry, given by the Appalachian Studies Aassociation and the Loyal Jones Appalachian Center at Berea College.


     Hague will read from Studied Days: Poems Early & Late in Appalachia and from his just-published prose collection, Earnest Occupations: Teaching, Writing, Gardening, & Other Local Work. Of the latter, Pauletta Hansel, Poet Laureate of Cincinnati, writes,

“Long admired as a poet, Richard Hague is also a masterful essayist. These essays exploring the creatures (human and otherwise), places and occupations which make up community are a joy to read and contain wisdom we need now more than ever. Covering land as broad and richly diverse as ground sloths, pre-Vatican II Latin, backdoor teaching, guerrilla gardening and travel along the Ohio River, this book is nonetheless an ode to the art of staying put, of being in and of a place long enough to know and be known by it.” 


     Harshman’s collection of poems, WOMAN IN RED ANORAK has just won the Blue Lynx Prize and will be published later this year by Lynx House/University of Washington Press. His fourteenth children’s book, FALLINGWATER, co-written with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2017. His poetry collection, BELIEVE WHAT YOU CAN, published by West Virginia University Press, won the Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association. Periodical publications include The Georgia Review, Shenandoah, Poetry Salzburg Review, and Appalachian Heritage.  His poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. His earlier children’s books include THE STORM, a Smithsonian Notable Book. In the spring of 2016 he was an invited reader at the Greenwich Book Festival in London and in 2017 performed with Doug Van Gundy a show titled, Running with Whiskey, highlighting poetry, music, and storytelling at the Red House Arts Centre in Wales. He is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia.