Join us for a very special evening of poetry with Bethel's Poet Laureate, Rick Magee, as he reads from his first published book of his own work. Byrd's Books will host Rick as he reads from, Green Latitudes. Hot tea will be served. Registration suggested due to space.
About the book:
Green Latitudes presents a map to places where identity, desire, joy, and fatherhood might exist in a world that can be hostile to all of these things. In his debut collection, Rick Magee explores the places that shaped him and the places that scarred him while he searches for the places that can restore him. The poems arise from specific landscapes and small moments, standing as tiny signposts to navigate a path to peace and acceptance.
About the author:
Rick Magee grew up in California and he started writing poetry when he was 9. He continued to write through college at the University of California at Berkeley, where he got a degree in English and studied poetry writing with Gary Soto. Later, while getting an MA in English at Cal Poly, he worked with the poet Kevin Clark. He moved to New York to complete his studies in English, and his poetry writing had to take a back seat to academic writing. After completing his PhD, he began teaching at Sacred Heart University in Fairfield, CT. He teaches courses in literature, poetry writing, and food writing. He has returned to writing poetry, and his work can be found in The Madrigal, The American Journal of Poetry, Rough Diamond Poetry, and New Note Poetry. He is the current Poet Laureate of Bethel, and he lives there with his wife Rebecca, who is also an English professor, and his son Cormac, who wants to be an author when he grows up.