Wheeling Poetry Series to Present Ron Houchin at Lunch With Books

Ron Houchin

The Ohio County Public Library is pleased to announce the ninth poetry reading in its landmark Wheeling Poetry Series. The distinguished and award-winning poet Ron Houchin will be reading at noon on Tuesday in conjunction with the ongoing Lunch with Books program. A retired public school teacher whose life has been devoted to steady and disciplined writing, Ron Houchin’s poetry is well known from its publication in dozens of journals worldwide — from Poetry Ireland Review to Poetry Australia.

Houchin’s seventh full-length collection of poems, “The Man Who Saws Us in Half,” was published in 2013 as part of one of the most distinguished poetry series in America, LSU Press’ Southern Messenger Series and was awarded the Weatherford Prize in poetry. His books “Death and the River” (1997), “Moveable Darkness” (2002), “Museum Crows” (2009), and “The Quiet Jars” (2013), were released by Salmon Publishing of Ireland.

Among “Wordless Things” (2004), “Birds in the Tops of Winter Trees” (2008) and a collection of short stories, “Tales Out of School” (2013) were published by Kentucky-based Wind Publications. He has had poetry readings in the Irish Writers’ Centre, the Galway Arts Centre, The Hemingway Days Festival in Key West, Fla., as well as the James Wright Poetry Festival in Ohio. His work has appeared in more than 200 journals, and his awards include the Vesle Fenstermaker Poetry Prize from Indiana University, Appalachian Writers Association’s Poetry Book of the Year Award, an Ohio Arts Council Fellowship and nominations for Paterson and Pushcart Prizes.

Houchin lives on the banks of the Ohio River across from his hometown Huntington, W.Va. He frequently travels to Ireland for readings and collaborations with Irish poets.

Launched in September 2015, the Wheeling Poetry Series, hosted by West Virginia poet laureate Marc Harshman, features readings by some of the finest poets from our Appalachian region and beyond.

Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Attendees are welcome to bring a bag lunch and complimentary beverages are provided.

Call the Ohio County Public Library at 304-232-0244 or visit the library’s website at www.ohiocountylibrary.org for more information.

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