Friday, August 26th: Poetry Z.G. Tomaszewski and Todd Davis both come to us from the Beargrass Writing Retreat. 7pm.
After a series of ramblings in Europe and New England and hitch-hiking out west which culminated in a job at Glacier National Park, Montana, Z.G. Tomaszewski is living in Grand Rapids, where he works maintenance at a Masonic Temple and is a founding member and events coordinator of Great Lakes Commonwealth of Letters and co-director of Lamp Light Music Festival. Tomaszewski's book of poems, All Things Dusk, was the winner of the International Poetry Prize of 2014, selected by Li-Young Lee and published by Hong Kong University Press.
Todd Davis is the author of five full-length collections of poetry--Winterkill; In the Kingdom of the Ditch; The Least of These; Some Heaven; and Ripe--as well as of a limited edition chapbook, Household of Water, Moon, and Snow: The Thoreau Poems. He edited the nonfiction collection, Fast Break to Line Break: Poets on the Art of Basketball, and co-edited Making Poems: Forty Poems with Commentary by the Poets. His poetry has been featured on the radio by Garrison Keillor on The Writer's Almanac, and by Ted Kooser in his syndicated newspaper column American Life in Poetry. The winner of the Gwendolyn Brooks Poetry Prize and the Chautauqua Editors Prize, Davis is a fellow of the Black Earth Institute and teachers environmental studies and creative writing at Pennsylvania State University's Altoona College.