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Harshman Presents Poetry Online for Moundsville Library

Marc Harshman

MOUNDSVILLE — Local favorite and West Virginia’s Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will do a virtual performance of “Poems for Hard Times” at 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 20, hosted by the Moundsville-Marshall County Public Library.

This free online event will be available through the Zoom platform and Facebook.

The readings will include some of Harshman’s own poems as well as notable works by other poets, tied together by some common themes including meeting the difficulties of life.

The selections will both testify to and transcend the realities we face; all will celebrate the spoken word in honor of National Poetry Month.

Harshman’s poetry collection “Woman In Red Anorak,” winner of the Blue Lynx Prize, was published in 2018 by Lynx House/University of Washington Press. His fourteenth children’s book, “Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece,” co-authored with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan and named an Amazon Book of the Month for children.

He is co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and his poem, “Dispatch from the Mountain State,” was printed in the 2020 Thanksgiving edition of the New York Times.

Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, University of Iowa, University of Georgia and the University of Arizona.

Appointed in 2012, Harshman is the seventh Poet Laureate of West Virginia.

The Moundsville Library is offering a variety of virtual events since in-person programming has been limited due to COVID-19. The Zoom Webinar platform being used for this event will permit viewers to join as an unseen audience member while the presenter offers an online performance.

Find the Zoom link on the Moundsville Library’s Facebook Page or call or email the library. The Zoom webinar ID is: 824 0137 0735. The passcode is: 452470. Guests may also watch the event live on Facebook (a Facebook account is not required) or listen in by phone. Those joining on Zoom will be able to ask questions or make comments through the platform’s chat or Q&A function.

This program will finish about 45 minutes.

This online event is free and open to the public and is aimed at adults, teens and older children.

For more information, call the library at 304-845-6911.


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