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Sunday, July 17, 2011

Joseph Wood Kicks Off the Ark Press Reading Series

On Thursday night our dear friend, Joseph Wood, kicked off Ark's Summer Reading Series.  After driving 11 hours from Tuscaloosa, Alabama the night before, Joseph read and talked about poems with a small but enthusiastic crowd at the Todd Mercantile and Bakery amidst the sound of pick-up trucks, tractors, riding lawn mowers and town dogs, staying late to talk with interested audience members (the range of topics I can remember include poetry, goats, farming and road construction). Later, at home, he whipped up a decadent meal consisting of at least three different kinds of fat and some asparagus.

Warm and endlessly generous, Joseph also insisted on making dinner for anyone who showed up for his talk about the space of belief in poetry the following night.

We are so grateful for his company and his commitment to poetry and community-making. It was a pleasure to have him in Todd this weekend.

You can check out Joseph's account of his visit as well as follow his ongoing exploration of poetry and daily life (among other things) here.

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