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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.

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:
Native poet Roberta Hill , 7 p.m., Sept. 21
Audio of reading

Award-winning Oneida Nation poet and University of Wisconsin professor Roberta Hill read from her work, 7 p.m., Monday, Sept. 21 in Guild Hall. Author Louise Erdrich says: "Roberta Hill is a poet who understands struggle and generously imparts her passion for renewal. Her work always stems from the toughness of a compassionate survivor." Poet Joy Harjo calls her “one of America’s best poets of her generation.” This Literary Witnesses event is free, and everyone is invited to attend. A reception and book-signing will follow in Jones Commons.
Roberta Hill is an enrolled member of the Oneida Nation of Wisconsin. Her fiction, poetry and essays have appeared in The American Indian Culture and Research Journal, The Beloit Poetry Journal, Luna and Prairie Schooner among others. She has received a Lila Wallace-Reader's Digest Fund Award and a Chancellor's Award from the University of Wisconsin. She teaches at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Her newest book, Cicadas: New & Selected Poems, gathers together 75 poems from her previous poetry collections Star Quilt and Philadelphia Flowers, plus a generous selection of new poems culled from the past 30 years. Roberta's poems are powerful lyrical expressions of love and respect for family, friends and fellow artists within a wide context of contemporary life.






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