On Sunday March 25th I had the pleasure of reading with poet Maureen Sherbondy at Flyleaf Books in Chapel Hill, NC. Maureen and I seem to cross poetic paths a lot given that we live a good 3 hours apart; which is a wonderful thing. I am currently reading her chapbook “Scar Girl” which came out from Finishing Line Press late in 2011.
Flyleaf is a terrific store and even with many other events going on (including a NCPS reading at another store within a 30 minute drive and pre-playoff parties for the Carolina game that was on later in the day) we still had a good 10-12 people to read to. The store also took on a few copies of “Paper House” and “Fat Girl” so if you know anyone in the area send them down to the store if they need a copy.
I hope I get a chance to go back to read when my next full length is out in the fall of 2013. I’d hope to have “An Amateur Marriage” with me, but it hasn’t quite arrived yet. Those of you who pre-ordered I will rush them to you when they get here! I read a variety of poems, but I found myself focusing on “Fat Girl.” She is just sooo much fun to read from. I also heard recently that a teacher will be using FG in a class in the Fall! How cool is that? Which also means I need to decide which poetry book I might assign to my composition classes . . . hmm . . . I’m thinking my comp 2 might get a novel this time. Perhaps? Or a non-fiction book?
Maybe, if I was crazy, each of my classes would read a different book?
All in all this says: I love books; I love writing; I love to read (as in eyes on the page); I love to read (as in voice to the words); and I love to be read to. So, yep, I always continue to encourage you – even here during National Poetry Month – to surely try and write everyday if you desire, but wouldn’t it be a better challenge to read everyday?