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Poetry Night: John Delaney & Ed Harkness

Join us for an evening of poetry in conversation with Seattle based poets John Delaney and Ed Harkness. John (Waypoints, 2017) and Ed (The Law of the Unforeseen, 2018) will take turns reading their poetry, discussing commonalities, and commenting on one and other's work. This is sure to be an engaging and fun evening of poetry and discussion. 

John Delaney retired after 35 years in the Dept. of Rare Books and Special Collections of Princeton University Library, where he was head of manuscripts processing and then, for the last 15 years, curator of historic maps. He’s written a number of works on cartography, including Strait Through: Magellan to Cook and the Pacific; First X, Then Y, Now Z: An Introduction to Landmark Thematic Maps; and Nova Caesarea: A Cartographic Record of the Garden State, 1666-1888. These have extensive website versions. He’s been writing poems for most of his life, and, in the 1970s, attended the Writing Program of Syracuse University, where his mentors were poets W. D. Snodgrass and Philip Booth. In subtle ways, they have bookended his approach to poems. He’s traveled widely, preferring remote, natural settings, and is addicted to kayaking and hiking. Last year he published Waypoints (Pleasure Boat Studio, Seattle), a collection of place poems.

The Law of the Unforeseen, Ed Harkness’ third full-length collection of poems, has just been released by Pleasure Boat Studio press. He is also the author of Saying the Necessary and Beautiful Passing Lives, also from Pleasure Boat Studio. Two poems from The Law of the Unforeseen won Terrain.org's 8th annual poetry contest for 2017. To read contest judge Robert Wrigley’s comments on Ed’s poems, “Tying a Tie” and “Airborne,” and to hear Ed read the poems, go to https://www.terrain.org/2017/news/8th-annual-contest-winners/.  Ed lives with his wife and cycling partner, Linda, in Shoreline, Washington.


Event date: 
Thursday, December 6, 2018 - 7:00pm
Event address: 
107 Capitol Way N
Waypoints Cover Image
ISBN: 9780912887517
Availability: On Our Shelves Now

Published: Pleasure Boat Studio - July 15th, 2017

The Law of the Unforeseen Cover Image
ISBN: 9780912887715
Availability: On Our Shelves Now

Published: Pleasure Boat Studio - September 15th, 2018

image created by sara mcnally | constellation & co | seattle, wa
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