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Literary Witnesses

Plymouth's Literary Witnesses program brings renowned authors, poets and journalists to the church for stimulating programs. Literary Witnesses invites poets from around the world whose work, like Robert Bly’s, bears witness to the complex spiritual dimension of the human condition. The series is in its 16th year.

Mary Moore Easter read Jan. 17, 2016. Audio

Roberta Hill read her poetry Sept. 21, 2015. Audio

Robert Bly and Friends; a reading on April 13, 2015. Audio

Sam King read her poetry Nov. 16, 2014.

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:
Celebrated Indian Vedic scholar speaks
7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12

Literary Witnesses is proud to host celebrated Indian scholar Dr. Vasudha Narayanan, speaking on "Alwars" and their poetry, which is filled with intense passion and love for the Hindu deity Vishnu. The event will take place in Guild Hall at 7 p.m., Friday, Feb. 12. Co-sponsored by The Loft Literary Center and RainTaxi Review of books, the event is free, with plenty of free parking. A reception follows the reading.

Dr. Narayanan is Distinguished Professor, Department of Religion, and Director, Center for the Study of Hindu Traditions at the University of Florida, and past President of the American Academy of Religion (2001-2002). She was educated at the Universities of Madras and Bombay in India, and at Harvard University. She will be consulting for the week with Ragamala Dance Company on the lyrics for their new performance at Cowles Center, "Written on Water."




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