On Wednesday October 4th, poet Amelia Martens visited UC Clermont to discuss and read poems out of her most recent book The Spoons in the Grass Are There to Dig a Moat. Amelia, who is also a professor at West Kentucky Community & Technical College, earned her MFA in Creative Writing and a MS in Literacy, Culture, and Language Education at Indiana University. With two back-to-back events—a Q&A and a poetry reading—UC Clermont got to experience an amazing author and her powerful poetry.
From 10:10 to 11 am, Amelia spoke at a Q&A gathering in the art gallery; students asked questions about her book, her writing habits, and her experiences with publication. This gathering was informal and served as an opportunity for students to get a behind-the-scenes look into the book and how it was developed. Amelia shared some of her ideas behind her characters in the book, including her daughters, husband, and even Jesus. She explained her intentions with the characters, who they represent in her personal life, and what role they play in her writing career. Amelia also shared some of her educational background, and encouraged current students to continue their education in graduate school where she had some of the best writing experiences of her educational career.
After the Q&A, the poetry reading began. During this part of her visit, Amelia read a few poems from her book and discussed her inspiration behind each of them. She started by reading the first poem in her book and ended with some of her new poetry that she is working on currently. At the end of the event, students were able to purchase a copy of her book from the bookstore representative who also attended the reading. Amelia also signed some of the student’s copies of the book before the gathering officially ended. Afterwards, students stuck around to socialize and eat food provided by Servatii.
The event was very successful and a great experience for the students, faculty, and staff who attended. If you are interested in reading Amelia Martens’ book, copies are available in the campus bookstore for purchase and it is also available in the campus library for check-out. Three more poets will be visiting UC Clermont for the 2017-2018 poetry series: Richard Hague, Cheryl Hopson, and Matthew Guenette. So, keep an eye out for details coming soon.