Wheeling Author, Poet to Appear At Words and Music

Wheeling poet and author Bonnie Thurston will present a poetry reading and book signing at Words and Music bookstore in the Shops at Stratford Springs, Wheeling, on Saturday, March 21.

She will read from her own work, beginning at 12:30 p.m., and sign copies of her books from 1-2 p.m.

“Continuing the celebration of St. Patrick and Wheeling’s Celtic history, I will be reading some poems about Celtic saints and places from ‘Belonging to Borders’ and some new, unpublished poems set in Scotland and Wales,” she said. “And in a nod to the end of winter and the coming of spring, the closing of Lent and the coming of Easter, I’ll read some recent poems addressing these seasons.”

An award-winning poet, Thurston has had five volumes of poetry published. Her two most recent collections were issued in 2014: “A Place to Pay Attention,” released by Cinnamon Press in Wales, and “Practicing Silence: New and Selected Poems,” published by Paraclete Press in the United States.

Her previous books of poetry are “Belonging to Borders,” published by Liturgical Press of Collegeville, Minn., in 2011, and “The Heart’s Lands” and “Hints and Glimpses,” both issued by Three Peaks Press of Abergavenny, Wales.

In addition, Thurston’s poems have been included in several anthologies and collections. Her poetry has appeared in numerous periodicals. Her awards have included second place in a 2014 West Virginia Writers Inc. contest for a poem titled “Yard Sale Angel” and third place in that organization’s 2013 contest with “West Virginia Ghost Town.”

Both “Belonging to Borders” and “A Place to Pay Attention” have been juried and accepted for sale at Tamarack’s “Best of West Virginia” gallery in Beckley.