Sunday, August 19, 2012

TRIBUTE: THOMAS ZVI WILSON

"On Tuesday, August 21, the Writers Place Poetry Reading Series – which Thomas Zvi Wilson co-founded with his wife, Jeanie Wilson – celebrates his memory and his talent with a special edition of the series featuring eleven area writers, most of whom will read from Wilson’s work." The public is invited to join them at 7 pm at the Johnson County Central Resource Library, 9875 W 87th Street, Overland Park.

John Mark Eberhart will host the event. Eberhart, author of the poetry collections Night Watch and Broken Time and formerly the book review editor of The Kansas City Star, currently serves as Readers’ Advisory Coordinator for Johnson County Library.

Participating readers include Maryfrances Wagner and New Letters editor Robert Stewart (Thorpe Menn Award winners for their respective books Red Silk and Outside Language); former Kansas Poet Laureate Denise Low; Jo McDougall, author of Daddy's Money and Satisfied With Havoc; and Dan Jaffe, author of Playing the Word.

Books will be available for purchase, and selections from Wilson's artworks will be displayed.

Wilson was born in New York City, and moved to the Kansas City area when he was fifty. He was a painter and sculptor with 14 one-person exhibits to his credit, including seven in Manhattan galleries. His first poetry book, Deliberate and Accidental Acts, was published in 1996 and was a runner-up for the Thorpe Menn Award. In 2000, he co-authored The Door Into the Dream with Jeanie Wilson. Wilson died this March after a long struggle with a rare neurological condition that greatly affected his language abilities.

Information at www.jocolibrary.org

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