Flyleaf Second Thursday Poetry Series & Open Mic feat. Iris Tillman Hill and Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler
Thursday 5/9, 7 pm to 8:30 pm (informal get-together next door at The Root Cellar, 6 p.m.)
Featured poets will each read for approximately 20 minutes and, after a short break for the readers to sign books, there will be a poetry open mic. Please sign up to read no later than 6:45 pm. Each open mic reader will be limited to no more than a page of poetry. At 6 pm, before the reading begins, there will be an informal get-together next door at the Root Cellar. Hope to see you there!
Iris Tillman Hill's All This Happened Long Ago–It Happens Now was a finalist in Main Street Rag's 2017 Cathy Smith Bowers Chapbook Competition. Her poems describe a family history filled with "secrets and distortions" and form a chapbook that Aaron Smith calls "a moving mediation over 'acres of history,' both personal and public." Tillman's memories draw on her experience as an American Jewish child growing up in Brooklyn, NY, fearing Nazis. As Janice Fuller writes, "The story she constructs," in her chapbook, is wrenching and provisional." Tillman began writing poems as an undergraduate. After graduate studies she worked as an acquisitions editor at university presses in Texas, Georgia, and North Carolina. In 1989 she became the founding director of Duke's Center for Documentary Studies. Her poems have appeared in Bellevue Literary Review; Tar River Poetry; The Comstock Review; Women's Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal; and Love, an anthology; among others. Her poems were winners in the Fourth Annual Nazim Hikmet Poetry Festival and appear in the Festival's 2012 chapbook.
Writer/Editor Dr. Lynn Veach Sadler, former college President, Distinguished Woman of NC, and National Women’s Hall of Fame member, has published widely in academics and creative writing. Her academic publications include 72 articles; her dissertation (published) on Milton’s Samson Agonistes: Regeneration and Typology; and books on John Bunyan, Thomas Carew, Margaret Drabble, and Anita Brookner. She has edited 23 books/proceedings and 3 national journals and published 3 newspaper columns (1 now). In creative writing, she has 11 poetry chapbooks and 5 full-length collections, 125+ short stories, 4 novels, a novella, 5 short story collections, and 2 nonfiction collections. One of her 41 plays was commissioned for the First International Robert Frost Symposium. As North Carolina’s Central Region Gilbert-Chappell Distinguished Poet 2013-2015, she mentored student and adult poets. She presented at the First International Milton Conference (England). The Sadlers have voyaged around the world five times, with Lynn writing all the way.
Both of the featured poets' books will be available for purchase at the event.