Poets Richard Hague, Pauletta Hansel & Michael Henson Celebrate Appalachian Month
Three Local poets with Applachian roots will read their work at: the NEW BonBonerie Cafe 2030 Madison Road, Cincinnati, OH 45208
Tuesday, May 18, 2010 at 7pm – This event is FREE and the public is invited.
Richard Hague is a writer and teacher. His recent collections of poems include Garden (Word Press, 2002), Alive In Hard Country (Bottom Dog Press, 2003, and winner of the 2004 Book Of The Year Award in Poetry from the Appalachian Writers Association) and The Time It Takes Light (Word Press, 2004). He was named Ohio Poet of the Year by the Ohio Poetry Day Association in 1985 for Ripening. (Ohio State University Press.) His collection Milltown Natural: Essays And Stories From A Life was nominated for a National Book Award. His extensive poetry collection/teaching and writing memoir Lives Of The Poem was published by Wind Publications in 2005. He is a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers workshop, Editor Emeritus of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, an annual anthology of contemporary Appalachian writing. Richard Hague’s performance of his poem “Where Drunk Men Go,” accompanied by Michael Henson’s bluegrass and gospel classics, received the highest critical praise at the recent Cincinnati Fringe Festival.
Pauletta Hansel is the author of two collections of poetry, Divining, published in 2002, and First Person (Dos Madres Press, 2007). Her poetry has also been featured in journals and anthologized in A Gathering at the Forks, Old Wounds, New Words; A Kentucky Christmas; and Listen Here: Women Writing in Appalachia. Born and raised in Kentucky, she has lived in Cincinnati since 1979. She is a student in Queens University’s MFA program and Co-Director of Grailville Retreat and Program Center in Loveland, where she leads Practice of Poetry workshops and retreats for women, and a Third Sunday Poetry Series open to both women and men.
Michael Henson‘s Dos Madres book, The Tao of Longing, first came out in 2005. An expanded second edition is due out later this year. Also expected this year, The Dead Singing, from Finishing Line Press. Previous work includes Crow Call, poems in response to the death of the activist Buddy Gray; Ransack, a novel; and A Small Room with Trouble on My Mind, short stories. His column, “Hammered: Essays on Poverty and Addiction”, appears regularly in StreetVibes. In performance, Michael provides Bluegrass and gospel accompaniment to Richard Hague’s poem “Where Drunk Men Go”. He is a member of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.
Fine Food & Fine Poetry Combine at the NEW BonBonerie Cafe
The artistry of the BonBonerie is evident as Cincinnati’s Finest pastry shop. Entrepreneuer Sharon Butler has created a honeycomb of delightful spaces where you can sit and enjoy while you are there. The newest area is the BonBonerie Cafe, which fronts on Madison Road.
The Bonbonerie has teamed up with Dos Madres Press to present a series of interesting literary events. The Appalachian Poetry Reading is the second in what we expect to be a series of creative gatherings.
Any day of the week is the perfect time to visit The Cafe for bakery favorites, fresh salads, soups, sandwiches, and quiches. We also serve Afternoon Tea with a reservation. The Cafe can be rented for private parties and events, including children’s teas. We can also cater larger parties at your home or office. Contact The Cafe for more information. (513) 321-3399
The BonBonerie is located at 2030 Madison Road in the O’Bryonville business district.
Directions to the Bonbonerie are avaliable.