McAlester News-Capital, McAlester, OK

August 22, 2013

State poet to perform today at library


FROM SUBMITTED REPORTS

McALESTER — Oklahoma Poet Laureate Nathan Brown will be in McAlester for a performance of his work at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at the McAlester Public Library.

During “An Evening with Nathan Brown,” the poet will read from his works and then engage the audience in a question and answer session. The event, in the Whiteacre Room, is free and open to the public.

“Poetry is experiencing a powerful renaissance in the states right now, in a move to come down out of the clouds of incoherence and back to readers and audiences — wonderful stories and lyrics that reach out to listeners, instead of pushing them away.” Brown said. “Not enough people realize what a leading force Oklahoma poets are in this overall movement. We have a vibrant poetry community here, and I look forward to making as many introductions to, and ‘reconnections’ between, these talented artists and my favorite state.”

Brown, author of four volumes of poetry including the newly-released “Karma Crisis,” and the memoir “Letters to a One-Armed Poet,” is also an accomplished musician, with five CDs to his credit. His book, “Two Tables Over,” won the 2009 Oklahoma Book Award for Poetry given by Oklahoma Center for the Book.

Also on Thursday, Brown is scheduled to teach a free poetry workshop to teens and young adults in the library's mezzanine meeting room. That event is set to begin at 3:30 p.m.

Funding for Brown's appearance is made possible by the Oklahoma Humanities Council and the National Endowment for the Humanities. OHC facilitates the poet laureate selection committee, which reviews statewide nominations on behalf of the governor and coordinates the activities and appearances of the poet laureate throughout his or her term.

“Poetry enriches our lives by providing thoughtful and meaningful insights into our world. The work of Nathan Brown, our newest State Poet Laureate, is no exception,” said Gov. Mary Fallin, upon Brown's recent appointment. “I know he'll do a great job encouraging the reading and appreciation of poetry in Oklahoma and continue to draw a wider audience into this important field of artistic expression.”