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PORTSMOUTH, OHIO, APRIL 10TH —The Southern Ohio Museum and All Saints’ Episcopal Church are pleased to sponsor a literary reading by two award winning Appalachian authors, Richard Hague and Pauletta Hansel, on Thursday, April 19, 7 pm, at The Southern Ohio Museum and Cultural Center, 825 Gallia Street, in Portsmouth. The event is free and open to the public.

Richard Hague is a native of Steubenville, Ohio, and author of fourteen collections of poetry. He will read from Studied Days: Poems Early and Late in Appalachia (Dos Madres Press 2017), recounting his days and nights in the hardscrabble landscape of an Appalachia stretching from Steubenville, Ohio to Troublesome Creek, Kentucky. Michael Maloney, Episcopal Network for Economic Justice, has said of the book: “Hague weaves a thrilling tapestry of his life along the upper Ohio River and his experiences of other places in rural and urban Appalachia is a truly masterful collection you do not want to miss.”  Hague is Writer-in-Residence at Thomas More College in Crestview Hills, Kentucky.

Pauletta Hansel, Cincinnati’s first Poet Laureate, is originally from Appalachian Kentucky. She will read from Palindrome, poems and memoir written in response to her mother’s dementia. Poet and nurse Jeanne Bryner says, “Palindrome holds the real story of what hangs in dementia’s closet and how far the heart’s suitcase can travel. We bear witness to how carefully she braids touch and humor and remembrance to restitch love’s many shawl and blankets.”  Hansel is managing editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the literary publication of Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative. Hansel is also leading Expressing Our Lives, a writing workshop sponsored by the Alzheimer’s Association for caregivers of persons with dementia from 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 19 at All Saints Episcopal Church, 610 4th St., Portsmouth, OH. This workshop is free, but registration required.

Studied Days and Palindrome are published by Dos Madres Press with assistance from the Ohio Arts Council

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