Jim Daniels & Heather McNaugher: Saturday Poets-In-Person

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Ever wonder about poetry up close and personal? Poems by poets in touch with the everyday, the stuff of which real lives are made?

Wonder no more. Come on out and see poetry, yup, up close and personal, at the Carnegie Library in Oakland, with two poets firmly grounded in the real.

For the third in our Saturday Poets in Person series of readings focusing on well-known local poets, Jim Daniels and Heather McNaugher will be our featured readers. The program will be on Saturday, February 21st, at 3 pm at Carnegie Library Main in Oakland. The reading will be in the Lecture Hall, between the parking lot and the Library’s main entrance.

Jim Daniels is a poet of both local and national renown. His work has been in the annual Pushcart Prize and Best American Poetry anthologies and he has been the recipient of the Brittingham Prize for Poetry and two National Endowment for the Arts fellowships. Daniels’ poetry often champions blue collar life and work. The critic Tim Ross described Daniels’ work as follows: “Stylistically, throughout his career he has always found a way to combine a straightforward, conversational tone with a sharp sense of rhythm and tightly compressed language.”

The following is a brief preview of Daniels reading a number of poems from his recent collection, Having a Little Talk with Capital P Poetry:

Anyone who has attended a reading by poet Heather McNaugher knows her relaxed delivery and precise balance of humor and ennui informs the singular madness that is life and love in 21st century America. She will simultaneously touch and steal your heart – what happens after that is anyone’s guess. Consider yourself warned: it’s not your wallet you need to keep your eye on.

Here is McNaugher reading two poems from her fine collection Panic & Joy, published by Finishing Line Press:

So, consider this a personal invitation to hear and meet two word slingers who have the world firmly in their sights and their audience–that’s us–in mind and heart.

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~ Don

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