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Poet Vernon to give reading at downtown library Friday

Posted: April 6, 2011 - 6:50pm
   courtesy of jen vernon
courtesy of jen vernon

Celebrate National Poetry Month with local poet Jenifer Vernon when she reads selections from her book, “Rock Candy,” as well as new work at 7 p.m. Friday at the downtown library. Vernon’s books will be available for sale and signing after the reading.

Vernon, assistant professor of communications at UAS, won the Tillie Olsen Award for Creative Writing in 2010. The award is given to the published book that best honors “the voices, experiences, and perspective of working-class people” in the genres of poetry, fiction and creative nonfiction.

Vernon’s poem “Blackberry Pie” appeared on Garrison Keillor’s “Writer’s Almanac radio program.

In a review of “Rock Candy” written for the Juneau Empire, Jonas Lamb wrote, “Evocative of performance poetry and the oral tradition, Vernon’s words rise up off the page as if spoken by a cast of readers. Using simple phrasing and structure, and strong repetition of vernacular dialog, bible verse and national pledges, she calls forth central themes of distrust and vulnerability.”

To read the full review, visit juneauempire.com/stories/100109/art_499469573.shtml.

Check out Vernon’s poem “Blackberry Pie” at writersalmanac.publicradio.org/index.php?date=2009/08/25

Vernon’s presentation is sponsored by the Friends of the Juneau Public Libraries.

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