Please join us for a special poetry program as local poet – and nurse – Cortney Davis reads a selection of poems from her newest book I Hear Their Voices Singing. Judson Scruton will moderate the ZOOM program with commentary and Q&A.
Cortney Davis, the Poet Laureate of Bethel, is a nurse practitioner and award-winning poet whose work, including poetry, essays, book reviews and narrative non-fiction, has been published in many books, anthologies, and literary and medical journals. She’s been a Visiting Writer and seminar leader at numerous colleges and universities and has given poetry readings and workshops throughout the United States. She has read her poetry at BPL many times over the years, and her work is especially relevant today.
Judson Scruton, M.A (The Johns Hopkins University, The Writing Seminars, specializing in poetry), has taught creative writing and literature at prep schools and universities. He was an Adjunct Professor of English at Fairfield University.
A poetry reading packet will be sent to each participant. Online registration is required in order to receive the ZOOM invitation link and the readings packet.
Signed copies of Cortney’s new book also will be available for purchase in advance of the program. Please contact Amy Davenport, Programming/Outreach Librarian, for details at firstname.lastname@example.org. Copies are also available at Byrd's Books.
From Cortney's bio: “An early and prolonged separation from my parents and the various childhood experiences it informed gave rise to what poet Stanley Kunitz called “key images.” These recurrent ideas and themes from childhood often surface in creative writing, especially in poems. Perhaps my key images--the fear of separation from loved ones--also played a role in my choice of a caregiving profession. For me, nursing and poetry eventually merged: poems became a perfect place in which the act of caring could offer a way of keeping, and the mysteries of our world might be revealed in the sensual and vulnerable reality of physical detail.”