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Lunch With Books Welcomes Return of Poetry Series

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library’s next weekly Lunch With Books program will feature an in-person and livestreamed presentation by Carrie Connors and Jacob Strautmann as part of the Wheeling Powetry Series.

The program will begin at noon on Tuesday, July 27.

Conners is a poet and a scholar of poetry. Originally from West Virginia, she lives in Queens, N.Y., and is a professor of English at LaGuardia Community College-CUNY. Her first poetry collection, “Luscious Struggle” (2019), was selected as a 2020 Paterson Poetry Prize Finalist. Her poetry has been nominated for a Pushcart Prize and has appeared in numerous publications. She is author of the forthcoming book, “Laugh Lines: Humor, Genre and Political Critique” in Late 20th Century American Poetry (University Press of Mississippi, 2022).

Strautmann’s debut book of poems “The Land of the Dead Is Open for Business” is available from Four Way Books. Awarded a 2018 Massachusetts Poetry Fellowship by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Jacob’s poems have appeared in Agni Magazine, Forklift, Ohio, Salamander Magazine, The Boston Globe, The Appalachian Journal, Southern Humanities Review, Appalachian Heritage and Quiddity. See www.jacobstrautmann.com.

The Wheeling Poetry Series is hosted by West Virginia’s own Poet Laureate Marc Harshman.

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