On September 11, 2015 the UC Clermont Library hosted Joel Beckham. Beckham is a previous UC Professor and poetry novelist. He spent the afternoon reading a few poems from his latest book, God’s Bicycle.

Beckham read well over seven poems, each being extremely unique. One of his poems was called “Psalm 96,” where he started to rewrite some of the Psalms in the Bible. He joked that he only was able to write ten. Joel Beckham said that all of his poems were based on his own life experiences.

After his readings, he did a question and answer segment with the students who attended. A question I had asked him was, “What advice would you give to an aspiring writer?” His response was, “Find someone you like to read. Go to a bookstore and buy everything they ever wrote and study it. Find out what you like about it. Second piece of advice, get your butt in the chair and write!”

The Library is hosting more poetry readings throughout the school year and all are welcome to attend:

March 16: Jordan Zandi, author of “Solarium”

  • Craft Talk: 12:20 – 1:15 pm
  • Reading and book signing: 1:25 – 2:20 pm, in the Student Lounge.  Reception to follow.

April 6: National Poetry Month!  Guest Poet Adam Day, author of “Model of a City in Civil War”

  • Craft Talk: 12:20 – 1:15 pm
  • Reading and book signing: 1:25 – 2:20 in the library.  Reception to follow.

Don’t miss out on these fun and interesting events!

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