By Julie Ann Madden
April is National Poetry Month and the Akron Public Library is celebrating with a weekend of poetry right here, April 12 – 13 in Akron.
Called pRhyme Time on the Prairie, three area poets will share their poetry and host poetry workshops.
The fun begins Friday evening at the Akron Golf Course with a gourmet dinner created and catered by Jose Arreola, owner of Akron Jo’s Cafe.
This will be followed with poetry readings by each of the poets.
Saturday is a day filled with poetry workshops — each poet will present one. The day-long poetry workshop will be held at Akron’s Village North Bed & Breakfast. There will be time for participants to read their own poetry as well as consult with the poets.
Participants may attend just Friday evening or Saturday or the whole two days. For more information and to register, contact Akron librarians at (712) 568-2601.
Registration deadline is April 5 and seating is limited.
The poets are:
Patrick Hicks is the writer-in-residence at Augustana College, where he teaches courses on creative writing as well as Irish Literature.
He is the author of five poetry collections, most recently Finding the Gossamer (2008) and This London (2010), both from Ireland’s prestigious press, Salmon Poetry. He is also the editor of A Harvest of Words (2010), which was partially funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.
His work has appeared in such journals as Ploughshares, Glimmer Train, The Missouri Review, Natural Bridge, New Ohio Review, and many others. His stories have been nominated several times for the Pushcart Prize, Best American Stories and he has won the “Glimmer Train Fiction Award.”
Before taking his Ph.D. from the University of Sussex (UK), Dr. Hicks lived in Northern Ireland, Germany, and Spain for many years. He gives poetry and fiction readings all across the nation.
Jeanette Hopkins has been a classroom and environmental educator for over 20 years. She began her teaching career in a rural Nebraska country school and continues to share her love of literacy in classrooms throughout the United States.
She is a past member of the Iowa Writing Project Advisory Board and is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher in the area of Middle Childhood Generalist.
Jeanette has shared highlights of her books with National Public Radio interviews and was highlighted in the National Writing Project’s e’Voice online magazine. Her second book, The Juggler, was recognized as a finalist for The Midwest Independent Publisher’s Children’s Book Award In 2012.
She was selected as an author presenter for the Iowa City One Book, Two Book Festival in 2012 and 2013 and was selected as a presenting author for The Hudson Children’s Book Festival in Hudson, New York for 2013.
Jeanette and her husband, author Bruce Hopkins have presented in over 150 elementary schools and worked with over 50,000 students since 2009.
Jeanette and Bruce will be sharing highlights of their books at the pRhyme Time on the Prairie Friday night dinner event.
Prairie Poet and Storyteller Marci Broyhill grew up in the Loess Hills of Nebraska on the Cedar-Dixon County Line.
Her deep agricultural roots tap a reservoir of material for her pen and presentations. Marci researches the men and women who lived and traveled the trails west of the Missouri River. She marvels at their determination and courage and honors their efforts by giving them a voice through verse and story.
Marci’s entertaining performances also address nature, dilemmas in society, the joys and challenges of family life. She has published two CDs of poetry: Window of Memories and Mending Fences.
Marci currently teaches Kindergarten at Homer Community School in Homer, Neb.