MOUNDSVILLE — Local favorite and West Virginia Poet Laureate Marc Harshman will perform 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 poems as well as notable works by other poets, linked by common themes including encountering life’s difficulties.
The selections will testify and transcend the realities we face; all will celebrate spoken word in honor of National Poetry Month.
Harshman’s poetry collection “Woman In Red Anorak”, winner of the Blue Lynx Award, was published in 2018 by Lynx House/University of Washington Press. Her 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 Amazon Book of the Month for children.
He is a co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize 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 University of Arizona.
Appointed in 2012, Harshman is West Virginia’s seventh Poet Laureate.
The Moundsville Library is offering a variety of virtual events as in-person programming has been limited due to COVID-19. The Zoom Webinar platform used for this event will allow viewers to join as an unseen member of the audience while the presenter delivers an online performance.
Find the Zoom link on the Moundsville Library Facebook page or call or email the library. The Zoom webinar ID is: 824 0137 0735. Access code is: 452470. Guests can also watch the event live on Facebook (a Facebook account is not required) or listen by phone. Those who join Zoom will be able to ask questions or make comments via the platform’s chat or Q&A feature.
This program will last approximately 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.