Friday, April 17 -- Poetry Readings & Dinner
5:00 p.m. – Registration begins
6:15 p.m. – Dinner with poetry readings between courses
7:30 p.m. – Individual readings by the 3 guest authors
9:00 p.m. - Closing
Appetizers, French Onion Soup, Winter Prairie Salad, Your choice of either, Salmon or Chicken Marsala, Flan
Wine and non-alcoholic beverages included
COST - $32.00
Saturday, April 18 --Workshops * Lunch * Door Prizes
10:30 a.m. Registration
11:00 a.m. 1st Workshop
1:15 Second Workshop
2:30 Dessert break
3:15 Third Workshop
4:30 Final comments, sharing & door prizes
Chicken Salad Croissant, Fresh Fruit Salad, Beverages, Desserts
COST - $25.00
To register for both events - $50.00
Reservations must be received at the Akron Public Library by April 9, 2009.
Seating is limited so please register early.
Please make checks payable to: Akron Public Library
To make reservations:
Contact Jeannie Frerichs, Director
Akron Public Library
PO Box 348, 350 Reed Street, Akron, IA 51001
Or call 712-568-2601
Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Each of the three guest poets will have their books for sale both days. If you require overnight lodging, please contact the Hole in the Wall Lodge, 14396 Diamond Avenue, Akron, IA 51001, 712-568-1010, holenthewalllodge.com
Poet - Jeanne Emmons
Dr. Emmons, professor of English and writing at Briar Cliff University since 1980, won the 2006 James Hearst Poetry Prize with her entry Polio Water in 1955. Her poem was selected first out of more than 2,000 entries and was featured in the March/April 2006 issue of The North American Review, which is the oldest literary journal in the U.S.
Emmons’ first book Rootbound won the Minnesota Voices Poetry Competition. Her newest book, The Glove of the World, won the Reader’s Choice Award from Backwaters Press. She has also won awards from The Sow’s Ear Poetry Review, South Coast Poetry Journal, and Iowa Woman. She also has published the book Baseball Nights and DDT.
Her focus will be family/memory poetry.
Poet - Jan D. Hodge
Dr. Hodge believes that poetry is simply a way to have fun in life. Jan D. Hodge, professor emeritus at Morningside College, is the author of The Bard Double-Dactyled and Other Odd Pieces, a collection of humorous double-dactylic poetry that draws on nursery rhymes and the plays of William Shakespeare for inspiration.
Hodge has written and published poems in many forms and styles, and won prizes in national competitions for free verse, sonnet, traditional stanzaic and shaped poems. One of his shaped poems, “Carousel,” appears in the textbook anthology Western Wind. His chapbooks include Poems to be Traded for Baklava, The Wedding Gifts of Jocelyn, and Searching for the Windows.
His focus will be on various exercises to show poetic possibilities and encourage writing.
Poet - Yvonne Hollenbeck
Mrs. Hollenbeck prides herself on being a South Dakota ranchwife, an award-winning poet and author, an award-winning quilter and entertainer.
She is a two-time winner of the prestigious Will Rogers Medallion Award for Excellence in Cowboy Poetry for books Where Prairie Flowers Bloom and From My Window.
Hollenbeck has been awarded the Poet-of-the-Year for the past three years by the Western Music Association, who also awarded her 'top poetry book award' in 2007, as well as other awards for top poetry albums and song collaborations.
She has also written Blossoms Beneath the Snow which contains poems and stories that tell about the trials the women faced during pioneer times.
Her focus will be cowboy poetry.