Program Type:Author Event
Paul Sawyier Public Library, in partnership with Frankfort-based publisher Broadstone Books, presents an evening of poetry featuring New York poets Susana H. Case and Margo Taft Stever, together with emeritus Kentucky State Poet Laureate Jeff Worley.
Susana H. Case has authored eight books of poetry, most recently The Damage Done, (Broadstone Books, 2022), which won her a third Pinnacle Book Achievement Award. Her books have previously also won an IPPY, a NYC Big Book Award Distinguished Favorite award, and she was a finalist for the Eric Hoffer Book Award and the International Book Awards. The first of her five chapbooks, The Scottish Café, (Slapering Hol Press), was re-released in a dual-language English-Polish version, Kawiarnia Szkocka by Opole University Press. She co-edited, with Margo Taft Stever, the anthology I Wanna Be Loved by You: Poems on Marilyn Monroe (Milk and Cake Press, 2022). Case worked several decades as a university professor and program coordinator in New York City and currently is a co-editor of Slapering Hol press.
Margo Taft Stever’s full length collections include The End of Horses (Broadstone Books, 2022), winner of a 2022 Pinnacle Book Achievement Award; Cracked Piano (CavanKerry Press, 2019) shortlisted with honorable mention for the 2021 Eric Hoffer Award Grand Prize; and Frozen Spring (2002 Mid-List Press First Series Award for Poetry). Her latest chapbook is Ghost Moose (Kattywompus Press, 2019). Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared in magazines and anthologies, including Plume, Verse Daily, “poem-a-day” on poets.org, Prairie Schooner, Connecticut Review, Cincinnati Review, upstreet, and Salamander. She is founder of the Hudson Valley Writers Center and founding and current co-editor of Slapering Hol Press.
Jeff Worley, Kentucky State Poet Laureate for 2019-2021, is the author of six previous books of poetry and most recently his career-spanning volume of selected poems, The Poet Laureate of Aurora Avenue (Broadstone Books, 2022). He also edited the University Press of Kentucky anthology What Comes Down to Us: 25 Contemporary Kentucky Poets. His book The Only Time There Is won the Mid-List Press first-book competition. Happy Hour at the Two Keys Tavern was named 2006 Kentucky Book of the Year in Poetry, won the 2006 Society of Midland Authors Award, and was nominated for a Pulitzer Prize. Worley has received numerous other awards for his writing, including three Al Smith Fellowships from the Kentucky Arts Council and a National Endowment for the Arts Creative Writing Fellowship; over 500 of his poems have appeared in literary magazines and journals. He divides his time between Lexington and a cabin at Cave Run Lake.
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