Join us at Brilliant Books in downtown Traverse City for the first in a series of events celebrating National Poetry Month.
Join us for a reading with two of our favorite Michigan poets, Jack Ridl and Fleda Brown. We'll pour Brillliante sparkling wine, serve Leelanau's award winning Raclette, and hear them read from recent work. Of course they will be glad to sign their books as well.
Fleda Brown was born in Columbia, Missouri, and grew up in Fayetteville, Arkansas. She earned her Ph.D. in English (specialty in American Literature) from the University of Arkansas, and in 1978 she joined the faculty of the University of Delaware English Department, where she founded the Poets in the Schools Program, which she directed for more than 12 years. Her books, essays, and individual poems have won many awards. Her sixth collection of poems, Reunion (2007), was the winner of the Felix Pollak Prize from the University of Wisconsin. She has co-edited two books, most recently On the Mason-Dixon Line: An Anthology of Contemporary Delaware Writers. Her collection of memoir-essays, Driving With Dvorak, was released in 2010 from the University of Nebraska Press. She served as poet laureate of Delaware from 2001-2007, when she retired from the University of Delaware and moved to Traverse City, Michigan where she writes a monthly column on poetry for the Record-Eagle newspaper, and has a monthly commentary on poetry on Interlochen Public Radio. She teaches in the Rainier Writing Workshop, a low-residency MFA program at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, WA, and she spends summers with her husband, Jerry Beasley, also a retired English professor, at their cottage on a small lake in northern Michigan.
Jack Ridl is the author of several collections of poetry including Broken Symmetry, selected by The Society of Midland Authors as co-recipient of their award for the best book of poems published in 2006. He has published in such literary journals as Ploughshares, Poetry East, The Colorado Review and Poetry. He also has coauthored several textbooks with Peter Schakel. Ridl has received awards for his teaching including the CASE/Carnegie Foundation Award as Michigan Professor of the Year. In 2007, he was named one of the 100 most influential educators in the world of sport by The Institute for International Sport. Ridl is the son of acclaimed basketball coach Buzz Ridl. A former point guard, Ridl’s jump shot has faded.
The authors will be reading, signing their work, and answering your questions in our famously intimate atmosphere, complete with Brilliante Sparkling Wine and award winning raclette from Leelanau Cheese