Friday, March 1, 2019
Dessert Reception at 6:30 p.m.
Reading at 7:00 p.m.
@ The Charles Town Library
Kirk Judd will be read from his own work My People Was Music and from Joseph Barrett’s recently published Blue Planet Memoirs.
Kirk Judd has lived, worked, trout-fished and wandered around in West Virginia all of his life. Kirk is a founding member and former president (and JUG recipient) of West Virginia Writers, Inc., and is a founding member of and creative writing instructor for Allegheny Echoes, Inc., dedicated to the support and preservation of WV cultural heritage arts. He is the author of 3 collections of poetry “Field of Vision” (1986), “Tao-Billy” (1996), and “My People Was Music” (2014), Judd is also a co-editor of the widely acclaimed anthology, “Wild, Sweet Notes – 50 Years of West Virginia Poetry 1950 – 1999.”
When West Virginia native Joseph Barrett died in 1990, he left behind more than friends and family; he also left a rich trove of poetry—a manuscript, completed shortly before his death, Blue Planet Memoirs, published by Dos Madres Press of Loveland, Ohio. Kirk Judd writes, “This was a long time in the making. In 2015, the timing seemed right to publish his work posthumously, This is a milestone in West Virginia literature and poetry. Joe was an extraordinarily gifted poet, and his work is important to have in our literary landscape.”
Both books will be available for purchase.