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Literary Witnesses

Plymouth's Literary Witnesses program brings renowned authors, poets and journalists to the church for stimulating programs. Bill Moyers, Gary Snyder and Robert Bly have been recent presenters. The series is now in its 15th year.

Aliki Barnstone read her poetry Oct. 13, 2014.

James Lenfestey read from his memoir Seeking the Cave: A Pilgrimage to Cold Mountain, Sept. 22, 2014. Audio of the reading [MP3]

Pattiann Rogers, a rapturous voice of nature and theology, read from her poetry April 28, 2014. Audio of the reading [MP3]

Kim Stafford read from Ask Me: 100 Essential Poems by William Stafford, poetry by his father that he selected and edited, on Jan. 27, 2014. [MP3] recording of the reading.

Susan Deborah "Sam" King discussed and read from her newest book of poetry, Dropping into the Flower, on Nov. 17, 2013. [MP3] recording of the reading

Prize-winning Zen poet, translator and essayist Jane Hirshfield
read April 15, 2013.

Sherman Alexie, award-winning Native American poet and writer, spoke on Nov. 12, 2012.

Nature poet John Caddy
read on Oct. 22, 2012. Recording of his reading [MP3]

Joyce Sutphen, Minnesota's Poet Laureate, read her own works on Feb. 5, 2012.

Jim Lenfestey, "A View of Cold Mountain through Poetry and Film" Feb. 26, 2012
[MP3] audio of the reading

Marilyn Nelson, Frost Award winner, read at Plymouth May 21, 2012. [MP3] Recording of reading

Literary Witnesses' 10-year anthology

Literary Witnesses is a program of the Fine Arts Board.


Literary Witnesses
Sam King reads
Nov. 16, noon, in the theater

Susan Deborah “Sam” King had an idea 16 years ago that Plymouth Congregational Church should to have a poetry program to complement the church’s powerful commitment to the visual and performing arts. The Fine Arts Board readily agreed and Plymouth’s poetry series was born, named by Sam Literary Witnesses. Since then major poets from around the country have thrilled and moved Plymouth audiences and brought many hundreds of new visitors to our Plymouth home. Now the congregation has a chance to pay her back. Literary Witnesses is proud to present a valedictory reading by our founder at noon on Sunday, November 16 in Plymouth’s theater.

Susan Deborah King is the author of five collections of poems, most recently Dropping into the Flowers. A previous collection, Coven, was nominated for a Minnesota Book Award. She has taught creative writing and led workshops on creativity and spirituality around the Twin Cities region, and was recently artist-in-residence at United Theological Seminary. She is the editor of the upcoming anthology, Poetry of Poverty–Courage and Resilience, to be published next April. 

The Plymouth community has been enlivened and enriched by Sam’s poetic presence. Please join us after services on Sunday, Nov. 16 at noon in the theater to listen to her poems, old and new.

Literary Witnesses is a program of the Fine Arts Board of Plymouth Congregational Church, bringing the nation’s finest poets to the Twin Cities for the past sixteen years. 





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