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To inspire readers and writers and to encourage the love of reading!

Originally initiated in 2008, the Authors @ the Library program continues with the support of an appearance by Pulitzer Prize niminated poet Vivian Shipley April 3-5, 2014 at the W. T. Bland Public Library.


Upcoming Events

Vivian Shipley

Vivian Shipley has published five chapbooks and nine books of poetry, most recently, All of Your Messages Have Been Erased. She is a two-time recipient of the Paterson Award for Sustained Literary Achievement, and two of her books – Gleanings: Old Poems, New Poems and When There Is No Shore – were nominated for the Pulitzer Prize.

Editor of the award-winning Connecticut Review, she is Connecticut State University Distinguished Professor at Southern Connecticut State University, where she was named Faculty Scholar in 2000, 2005 and 2008. She has a PhD from Vanderbilt University and is a member of the University of Kentucky Hall of Fame for Distinguished Alumni. Vivian lives in North Haven, Connecticut with her husband, Ed Harris.

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Vivian Shipley
All of Your Messages Have Been Erased

Thursday, April 3
10 a.m. - 12 p.m.
The Spiritual Quest of Writing Poetry
Vivian Shipley, Pulitzer Prize nominee, is Distinguished Professor at Southern Connecticut State University. “Writing poems is a trip I start each day to find meaning for my individual life. The spiritual quest is universal unlike the physical one of the body which is personal.”

Friday, April 4
2 p.m. – 4 p.m. Poetry Reading hosted by Ms. Shipley and members of Writers One Flight Up. The 2014 contest winners will share their poems with the public.

5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Reception at One Flight Up Café in Mount Dora, 440 N Donnelly Street. Ms. Shipley will be the guest of honor. Guitarist Shane Billette will perform.

Saturday, April 5
11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Poetry Under the Oaks, open to the public. Read a poem beneath the oak trees or listen to others read. To read a poem, please contact the Library at 352-735-7180 option 5.

Vivian Shipley is sponsored by the Lake County Library System, Authors’ @ the Library. Events are sponsored by the Writers One Flight Up, W. T. Bland Public Library and the Mount Dora Library Association.