Wright Library presents an evening of poetry featuring four notable Ohio poets – Cathryn Essinger, James Siegel, Myrna Stone, and MJ White. Come to enjoy a variety of poetry styles, be introduced to new voices, and have the opportunity to purchase books and talk to the poets about their work.
Cathryn Essinger is the author of three prize winning books of poetry: A Desk in the Elephant House, My Dog Does Not Read Plato, and What I Know About Innocence. Her poems have been read on the Writer's Almanac, nominated for Best of the Net, and have been reprinted in American Life in Poetry. She is a retired Professor of English and a member of The Greenville Poets, a small but well published poetry group that has been together for over 30 years.
James J. Siegel is the author of the poetry collection How Ghosts Travel from Spuyten Duyvil Press, which was a finalist for the Ohioana Library Book Award. He lives in San Francisco where he hosts and curates a monthly show called Literary Speakeasy, which showcases Bay Area authors, poets, and songwriters. His work has appeared in several journals including The Cortland Review, Assaracus, Borderlands: Texas Poetry Review, The Good Men Project, and more.
Myrna Stone is the author of five full-length books of poetry, including her most recent, Luz Bones. She has received two Ohio Arts Council grants, a Full Fellowship to Vermont Studio Center, and the 2001 Ohio Poet of the Year Award. A two-time finalist for the Ohioana Book Award, her poems have appeared in nine anthologies and in over fifty journals. Stone is a founding member of The Greenville Poets, a group of well-published writers who meet monthly in Greenville, Ohio.
MJ White’s poetry has appeared in both local and national journals. Last year, as a finalist in Main Street Rag's 2016 poetry book competition, MJ was offered publication. That book, How the Universe Says Yes to Me, came out in April 2017. Her poems can be heard on Conrad’s Corner on public radio station WYSO. Retired from Yellow Springs Schools since 2001, she lives in Xenia, Ohio with her husband and the good dog, Nikki. When not writing, she paints watercolors. Her favorite subjects are dogs, especially mutts.