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Celebrating Joy Harjo
October 10, 2019 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Participatory Reading | Featured poet: Rich Forester
Free and Open to the Public
Join us in celebrating Joy Harjo’s historic appointment as United States Poet Laureate, and plan to share your favorite Harjo poem at our “Open Mic for JH.” A selection of books by Joy Harjo will be available for purchase; refreshments provided.
Rich Forster has lived in the Rochester area AND started writing just over 30 years ago, exclusively poetry for much of that time. As an alumni of The Taos (New Mexico) Poetry Circus’ Poetics and Performance Camps, this led to opportunities as a group facilitator, conference panelist, and featured reader.
Having spent years seriously dedicated to the craft, he’s finally come across a Rumi quote summarizing his goal… “Let yourself become living poetry,” and, in his own words, “A walking poem” who writes less but writes better (in his opinion). He found early on that the process of writing itself was his learning style.
Born and raised as a latch-key kid and by the elements of an island in Alaska, he’s considered Alaskan Native from his mother’s side, and German from his father’s, both who he feels lucky to have been led by.