On Friday, April 22 at 7pm, the Charles Town Library will host a Poet’s Circle event, following the Teen Poetry Slam. Well-known local poets Earl Hairston, Tracy Seffers and Tom Donlon will read their work before coming together to discuss the art of poetry and what it means to be a poet. They will also serve as judges for the slam, where they will choose a winner following their presentation.
We are happy to officially announce our featured poets this year:
Earl Hairston was born in Morgantown, West Virginia and raised the first 10 years of his life in Cleveland, Ohio. Earl grew up in Martinsburg, W.Va. where he currently resides. He is a performance artist and writer with short stories, a one act play, and a novel called I Saw Your Mother Crying. Earl is comfortable performing in stadiums or small intimate settings. He is single and in love with hiking, kayaking, good movies, art, music, drumming, literature and learning.
Tracy L Seffers lives with her family on the Shenandoah River in West Virginia, under the shadow of the Blue Ridge. She earned her BA in English at Lyon College in Arkansas, and her MA in English at the College of William and Mary in Virginia. Her poetry has been published in Bluestone Review, Anthology of Appalachian Writers, Assisi: an Online Journal of Arts and Letters, The Rumpus, and First Light II, a publication of the Southwest Writers Group and Friends. Tracy’s work has been featured in public readings with the Jefferson County Arts and Humanities Alliance, the West Virginia Writers podcast series, and the Appalachian Heritage Writer-in-Residence program at Shepherd University in West Virginia.
Tom Donlon is a project manager for Verizon and lives with his wife and children in Shenandoah Junction , WV. He earned an MFA in Creative Writing from the American University in Washington , DC before moving to West Virginia in 1986. His poems have appeared in ABZ, America, Blue Collar Review, Christianity and Literature, Commonweal, Folio, Hospital Drive, Kestrel, Poet Lore, Sow’s Ear Poetry Review and in other journals, newspapers, and anthologies. Recognition has included Pushcart Prize nominations and a fellowship from the WV Commission on the Arts. Tom served for two years (2013-2014) as poetry editor for the arts and culture e-zine, Fluent.
We hope you’ve enjoyed getting to know a bit more about our featured poets. Please join us in April for this special event to celebrate National Poetry Month!
For more information, please visit the library or email firstname.lastname@example.org.