The Tonic of Wildness: Poetry of Wendy Drexler & Susan Edwards Richmond

Date(s) - 12/17/17 3:00 pm - 4:45 pm

Location: Concord Free Public Library

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Observers of nature who, like Thoreau, desire the “tonic of wildness…its inexhaustible vigor”, Wendy Drexler and Susan Edwards Richmond will read from their latest collections, followed by light refreshments and conversation about the making of poems that link their lives to the natural world around them.

Wendy Drexler’s third collection, Before There Was Before (Iris Press, 2017), takes inspiration from Thoreau’s belief in the “deeply-seated bond” that unites science and the imagination. Drexler reflects: “I love nothing more than to observe a flock of glossy ibis, read about the ibis’s behavior and life cycle, and then discover what I have to say about them . . . I follow Thoreau’s invocation to pay attention to the ‘marvelous structure of reality’.” A three-time Pushcart Prize nominee, Drexler is widely published, has been featured on Verse Daily and WBUR’s Cognoscenti, and is represented in several anthologies. A freelance editor, she has been both a poetry editor and a cavity-nest monitor for the Massachusetts Audubon Society. She grew up in Denver, Colorado, was educated at the University of Pennsylvania, and now lives in Belmont, Massachusetts.

Reading from her fifth collection, Before We Were Birds (Adastra Press, 2017), Susan Edwards Richmond admires “the alchemy Thoreau performs in transforming acute observation into metaphor.” Richmond’s poems have appeared in many journals and anthologies and have been featured on NPR’s Living on Earth. She is a founding editor of the regional journal, Wild Apples, a past President of The Robert Creeley Foundation, and serves as Poet-in-Residence at Old Frog Pond Farm & Studio in Harvard, Massachusetts, where she curates a Poem of the Month blog on the farm’s website and organizes and edits an annual Plein Air Poetry Walk and Chapbook, for which she brings together poets from around the region to write in situ poetry and share their work en plein air in a public reading She has taught writing at several universities, including the University of California Davis where she earned her M.A. in Creative Writing. She lives in Acton with her husband.

Join us for an afternoon of poetry, light refreshments, and conversation with Wendy and Susan about their writing practices as poets who draw their inspirations from the tonic of wildness.

This free event is part of the Concord Poetry at the Library Series sponsored by The Friends of the Concord Free Public Library and offered as part of Concord’s yearlong Thoreau Bicentennial.

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