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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.

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
Pattiann Rogers
7 p.m., April 28

Audio of the reading [MP3]
Award-winning Colorado poet Pattiann Rogers is a rapturous voice of nature and theology, with a “boundless love of the world, and remarkable dexterity as a poet,” according to Orion Magazine. “Everything I see of heaven, I know by the earth,” she writes. She brings a field biologist’s eye to nature’s particulars, that rare poet combining hard science and gob-smacked reverence. She will read for Literary Witnesses at 7 p.m., on Monday, April 28 in Guild Hall. Her books will be for sale by Birchbark Books, and a reception will follow in Jones Commons. The event is free, with a free will offering.

Pattiann Roger is the author of 15 books, including Firekeeper: New and Selected Poems (Milkweed Editions), a finalist for the Lenore Marshall Award from the Academy of American Poets and a Publisher’s Weekly Best Book of the Year. Her poems and essays appear often in the annual collection Best Spiritual Writing. Her collected essays, The Grand Array: Writings on Nature, Science and Spirit, was published in 2010 by Trinity University Press. Penguin Poets released her latest poetry collection, Holy Heathen Rhapsody. She lives near the Rocky Mountains with her husband, John Rogers, a geophysicist. She is a mother of two sons and has three grandsons.

Among her many prizes is the Lannan Literary Award for Poetry, the Bock Prize from Poetry, the Roethke Prize from Poetry Northwest, and the Strousse Award from Prairie Schooner. She worked with Poet’s House, New York, The Milwaukee County Zoo, and the Milwaukee Public Library on a three-year project, The Language of Conservation.

Literary Witnesses, a program of the Fine Arts Board, brings regional and national poets, including four U.S. Poet laureates, to add their voices to Plymouth’s artistic exploration of life and the spirit.




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