National Poetry Month Readings: Local Poets (Audio)

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During April 2015, in celebration of National Poetry Month, the James E. Brooks Library hosted a series of poetry readings featuring local poets. The readings were held in the library’s first floor Academic & Research Commons. The series was arranged and the readings were introduced by Gerard Hogan, Instruction Librarian at the Brooks Library.

On Thursday, April 30th, Mark Halperin and Keely Murphy Pickerel were the featured poets. Streaming audio of the program is available through Soundcloud here, or by clicking the link above.

Mark Halperin’s most recent poems appear in his chap book, Time After Time (D-Press, 2015). His fifth volume of poetry, Falling Through the Music, was published by University of Notre Dame Press (2007). Halperin is also the co-author of Accent on Meter (NCTE), and co-translator of A Million Premonitions, poems from the Russian of Viktor Sosnora (Zephyr Press). A retired professor of English at CWU, he has published numerous articles related to fly fishing and lives near the Yakima River with his wife, the artist Bobbie Halperin, and their dog, Aimee.

Keely Murphy Pickerel is a poet that lives with her family in Dog Town of Ellensburg, Washington. She earned her degree at CWU in Professional & Creative Writing. Her chapbook, This Steady Place, was published by Blue Begonia Press (2005).