Poetry Celebration: Authors Teisha Christie and Joshua CobenTuesday March 24, 2020
7:00 PM until 8:30 PM
There will be a celebration for National Poetry Month tonight which is in the month of April (so we're a little early). We will host two local poets who will read from their books and discuss this genre with the audience. The writers who will present their works tonight are Teisha Christie and Joshua Coben, and will have copies of their books for sale.
Writer Teisha Christie became inspired to find her poetic voice by observing the community in Dorchester where she was raised, as it was plagued by a serious drug epidemic in the late eightes and early ninties. She had mixed emotions about the poverty and hardship on the one hand and then, on the other hand, people were tireless in the fight against these evils which meant endless possibilities for positive change. Born in Cambridge, MA, she started to write when she was just 11 years old as a way to process her environment, and this led her to become involved in community service. She organized and attended poetry readings and peace rallies, and writing eventually led her to win a scholarship to Africa. Ms. Christie traveled to Ghana, West Africa, on a community service project to assist in the building of a school. This proved to be an emotional and spiritual mission, as well as very challenging and enlightening. The lack of access to information and knowledge led her to recognize her purpose was to be called by God to write so that conditions of oppression and poverty could be improved through her voice. She went back to school and earned her B.A. in English Literature with a minor in Religious Studies at Regis College. She then worked with social service agencies who supported her goals and values to help others, and in 2011 she self-published and released the book Everything is True. This poetry title reflects her experienecs and the environment she grew up in, and now she is working on her first novel called Evil in the Heavenly Realms which is to be released on 7/18/20. Teisha wears many hats as a sister, friend, mentor, mother, woman of God, and mostly importantly, an author.
Joshua Coben's second book of poetry called Night Chaser (David Robert Books, 2020) will be published this month, and his first book called Maker of Shadows was published by Texas Review Press in 2010. Night Chaser was a finalist for the Vassar Miller Prize, the New American Poetry Prize, and the Donald Justice Poetry Prize. Josh's poems have appeared in Atlanta Review, The Cincinnati Review, College English, Pleiades, Poet Lore, and more. He is a longtime classroom teacher in the Milton Public Schools, and he currently serves as the district's elementary librarian. The poems in his second book seek to fathom the various selves, lived and imagined, that inhabit us. Many such selves appear in it, whose title evokes both those who run toward ruin and those who try to keep it at bay. Wherever they go - men's room or bedroom, oceanside or underworld, a city park where love first bloomed or a village hospital ravaged by an epidemic - they find in language a balm for lives of incessant longing and perpetual flight.
This program is kindly sponsored by the Friends of the Milton Public Library. Please join us.
Location: Keys Community Room
to go to the Milton Public Library