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Poetry Reading

April 7 @ 1:00 pm 4:00 pm

Bill O’Connell has been living in the Pioneer Valley in Massachusetts between the Connecticut River and Quabbin Reservoir since 1984. A retired social worker, he teaches literature and writing at Greenfield Community College and runs a small handyman business. Bill’s books of poetry include Sakonnet Point (Plinth Books 2011) & On The Map To Your Life (Dytiscid Press 1992) plus poems in anthologies and literary magazines such as The Sun, Poetry East, Colorado Review, Green Mountains Review, etc. A new collection, When We Were All Still Alive, is just out from Open Field Press.

Bill O’Connell explores the ancient and the new in these poems: the planet of rocks and soil and sea and the planet of the mind looking outward. What lives and dies are enfolded in time: O’Connell seeks to know nature’s music and what humans add to our presence in the natural world.

In the Kingdom by Jonathan Blake. ISBN: 978-1935874478 * Lost Valley Press * www.lostvalleypress.com

Jonathan Blake has been following the gospel of his heart for as long as he can remember. Writer, educator, arts activist/organizer, he makes his home in central Massachusetts. On the campus of Worcester State University in the twelve years before the pandemic, he hosted a round robin open reading series for students, faculty and staff, and the greater Worcester County poetry community called ONE POEM.

In 1984 my parents purchased a small log cabin overlooking a pond in a sparsely inhabited valley at the end of a long dirt road in the Northeast Kingdom of Vermont. In time, with the coming of grandchildren and great grandchildren, the family built another cabin to accommodate the gatherings of the tribe.The rolling hills of the pastures on the horizon, the wildlife, the stillness needed for dreaming, have long been the wellspring for my writing.In the late 1980’s, after a visit to our family cabin, the poet Bill O’Connell named the place Paradise. It remains a place where poems and peace can be found.

Jonathan Blake

Sheehan Building Worcester State University

486 Chandler St.
Worcester, MA 01602 United States
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