In the last year I have enjoyed many new and familiar poets in the state of West Virginia.
WV Poet Laureate Marc Harshman recently released A Song for West Virginia to commemorate WV’s 150th year as a state.
Susan Shaw Sailer read from two books at a reading hosted at the MAC this past year; Coal (above) and Ship of Light. The Morgantown Poets host readings followed by an open mike every third Thursday of the month.
Erin Veith, a young poet and friend recently published I Closed My Eyes to Tell That Story through Latham House Press. I enjoyed every poem. Read one poem at The Citron Review here.
Mary Ann Samyn and Renee Nicholson are both professors at WVU. I’m fortunate that West Virginia University has offered the opportunity for people in the community to be a part of the English Department lectures.
I have also enjoyed the books of two women who I have had the opportunity to workshop poems with over the last year, Lori Wilson and Mary Lucille Deberry.