Marc Harshman, poet and children’s author, will give a talk titled THE STORY TABLE: A LIFE WITH WORDS, in which he will reflect upon a life spent reading and writing, a life that’s led to the creation of fourteen children’s books and eight collections of poetry. Part of the presentation will include PowerPoint slides from some of his children’s titles, as well as selections from a few of his poems. It is hoped there will be time for discussion following.
Harshman’s collection of poems, WOMAN IN RED ANORAK, won the 2017 Blue Lynx Prize and was published by Lynx House/University of Washington Press. His fourteenth children’s book, FALLINGWATER, co-written with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2017. His poetry collection, BELIEVE WHAT YOU CAN, was published in 2016 by West Virginia University Press and won the Weatherford Award from the Appalachian Studies Association. Periodical publications include The Chariton Review, Salamander, Gargoyle, Shenandoah, and Poetry Salzburg Review. Poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, the University of Iowa, University of Georgia, and the University of Arizona. He has just been named co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Award and been chosen as an Honorable Mention for the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize by Brenda Hillman. Appointed in 2012, he is the seventh poet laureate of West Virginia.
A special, late-night, Halloween screening of the original zombie film, George A. Romero’s Night of the Living Dead. Not only is the film a stellar example of how terrifying film can be, it also remains a profound social critique.
- “What’s truly remarkable is how, after half a century and an uncountable number of zombie films, novels, comics, TV shows, and video games, you can watch the original Night of the Living Dead and it still feels fresh and terrifying.” – Austin Trunick, Under the Radar
- “If [Romero’s] original vision of the undead looks dulled by today’s standards, his embedded political commentary on racism feels just as sharp.” – Amos Barshad, New York Magazine
- “Although the pic’s basic premise is repellent — recently dead bodies are resurrected and begin killing human beings in order to eat their flesh — it is in execution that the film distastefully excels.” Variety