Michael Henson is author of four books of poetry and four books of fiction. His most recent work is Maggie Boylan, a collection of linked stories centered on nine months in the life of a woman addicted to opiates in rural Appalachia. Kate Flaherty, writing in Ploughshares, called it, “A devastating collection, easily the best fictional account of the widespread meth and Oxy wreckage in Appalachia since Daniel Woodrell’s Winter’s Bone.” He worked for many years as a substance abuse counselor and clinical supervisor. He is a co-editor of Pine Mountain Sand & Gravel, the annual publication of the Southern Appalachian Writers Cooperative.
Twice a Pushcart nominee and Poet Laureate of Athens, Ohio, Kari Gunter-Seymour is the founder of the Women of Appalachia Project, an arts organization that addresses discrimination directed at women from the Appalachian region. The organization encourages participation from women artists (spoken word and fine art) of diverse backgrounds, ages, and experiences to come together, embrace the stereotype, and show the whole woman. Kari's poems can be found in many journals and publications.
Picnicking begins at 5:30, and the program will start at 6:45.
Mozzarella, Basil, Tomato, and White Balsamic Vinaigrette on a Bakery Croissant; Ranch Pasta Salad; Espresso Frosted Brownie.
Dinner and Reading: $40
Reading Only (Adult): $25
Reading Only (Children 12 and Under): $5
Dinner and Reading tickets must be purchased by noon on the Monday before the picnic. All tickets are non-refundable.