Published Saturday, January 05, 2013

Florida poets to read at Peachtree City Library event

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Poets Susan Lilley and Philip F. Deaver will read from their work at an “After Hours” event 7:30 p.m. on Jan. 18 at 7:30 p.m.

During Poetry Out Loud at Peachtree City Library Florida writers Susan Lilley and Philip F. Deaver will read recent works and poems from their most recent collections.

Lilley’s second chapbook, “Satellite Beach,” has recently been published by Finishing Line Press. Poet D. Nurkse has said, “Lilley has her own canvas: an edgy New/Old South, inflated and diminished by the promises of technology. You’ll recognize these landscapes, but you won’t have read about them quite this way elsewhere.”

Poet Patricia Smith said, “In these sun-drenched, unapologetically atmospheric stanzas, Susan Lilley comes of age in Florida’s frayed paradise, rooting us squarely in the midst of its contradictions and charm. These are tales of a woman lyrically and personally linked to the rhythms of a region.”

Lilley is a recipient of a 2009 Rita Dove Award and has published in Drunken Boat, The Southern Review, Poetry Lore, and other literary journals. She teaches English at Trinity Preparatory School and is an adjunct professor at Rollins College, in Winter Park, FL.

Deaver’s most recent book of poems is “How Men Pray” (Anhingha Press, 2005). Carol Frost said that his poems provide “snapshots of the legendary America of promise and disappointment. They are the poems of an equilibrist, a storyteller whose sense of poetry is a mixture of colloquial address, irony, and tenderness toward our losses and our loneliness.” In 2005, Garrison Keillor selected two poems from the collection for The Writer’s Almanac.

Besides poetry, Deaver has written award-winning short stories, including the collection “Silent Retreats,” which won the 1988 Flannery O’Connor Award. He is a professor of English and Writer in Residence at Rollins College and also teaches at Spaulding University.

Host for the lively evening of poetry is Rebecca Watts. For more information, contact Watts at 770-631-2520.

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