Edison State will host a creative writing event

Staff report

PIQUA – Community members are invited to Edison State Community College’s Piqua Campus on Friday, May 6 at 2 p.m. in Room 456 for a creative writing event featuring established authors and those just beginning to explore their talents. Members of the Edison State Creative Writing Club and alumni of Dr. Vivian Blevins’ creative writing courses will read their work and have the opportunity to engage with established authors. Retired Edison State Professor Cathy Essinger and current faculty member Debra Williamson will be featured.

Essinger, 2005 Ohio Poet of the Year, has published five books of poetry: A desk in the house of elephants, My dog ​​does not read Plato, What I know of innocence, The apricot and the moon, and Wings or does the caterpillar dream of flying? She appears in anthologies and is regularly published in journals such as Southern Review, New England Reviewand Quarterly West. She will coach the band on what it takes, besides talent, to get published.

Williamson spent the first decades of her adult life working in New York’s financial services industry before moving to Yellow Springs and starting teaching at Edison State 12 years ago. A member of a Yellow Springs poetry group, she says she lost her eldest son to suicide more than a decade ago, and that loss taught her “more about listening.” During Friday’s session, she will read a poem she wrote two weeks ago about her son and his bass guitar. She is currently working on a memoir and says she is “striving to be present to her unfolding life”. It was recently published in fake turtle and Excursions.

Students who will be reading include Rebecca Spenser (selected to read as one of 12 poets as part of Mosaic scheduled for the Troy-Hayner Cultural Center on June 11, 2022), Grace Davis, Floyd Lockhart, August Evans and others.

Blevins says, “I believe in the power of words to connect writers to readers as we struggle with our challenges and celebrate our joys.”