Virtual Author Presentation Sponsored by the West Falmouth Library
Thursday, April 8th
Free, with Registration
April is National Poetry Month, and the Library is pleased to host local poet Mary Swope on Thursday, April 8th at 7pm via Zoom. Mary will read from her collection, Phosphorescence. To register for this free presentation, please email the Library at email@example.com
In this collection of poems that explore forms and freedoms, written over a period of sixty years, Mary Swope traces the trajectory of a life. With a painterly eye, and an ear for the music of language, her poems celebrate the joys, pleasures and sorrows of living in the natural world and puzzle over the complexities of human relationships, both to one another and to Earth, the planet on which our very lives depend.
About the author: Mary Swope—New Yorker by birth, Cape Codder by choice and family tradition— has followed her love of language in poetry and song since childhood. A graduate of Radcliffe College and The Harvard School of Education, she has been an elementary school teacher, poet in the schools, worked for two years in children’s book publishing and later as an editor of a nonprofit poetry press. For almost twenty years, she assumed a leadership position helping to develop The Washington Revels in Washington, DC, and has been named its Founder. She studied Scottish Gaelic, won awards in Gaelic song competitions and performed at festivals with a Gaelic folk group, MacTalla. She still sings in choruses and choirs, and loves to swim in the salty waters of Vineyard Sound. She was primary Editor of the anthology American Classic: Car Poems for Collectors (SCOP Publications, 1985) and her poems have appeared in a variety of publications, including a chapbook: The House, That Octopus.
About the illustrator: Julia S. Child is a biological illustrator and natural history artist. She works in pen and ink, colored pencil, half-tone techniques, and watercolor wash, and her work has appeared in more than a dozen books and numerous scientific journals and textbooks. She lives in Woods Hole, where she teaches popular classes in drawing plants and animals to students of all ages.
Virtual, free and open to the public.