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Rebecca Newth, born in Lansing, Michigan, graduated from Michigan State University in the class with other writers that included Jim Harrison, Dan Gerber and Tom McGuane. She married John A. Harrison who was an able encourager both to his brother and to Rebecca.

At Harvard where John was a librarian, they visited Widener Library and local bookshops in Harvard Square, especially Gordon Carney’s shop. Rebecca was first published by Sumac Press, a Press co-founded by Dan Gerber and Jim Harrison.

Her second book, A Journey Whose Bones Are Mine, was published by Truck Press at Yale where John was a librarian. A third book was published by Open Book Press of Station Hill Press. She has won awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Arkansas Humanities Council, a young adult award from the Arkansas Historical Society, and has published 11 books.  Her most recent book is a volume of poetry Mid-Air Apostle.

She says of her poetry, “I mean to communicate, but i do not always burn one log right next to another.”  She has also published a memoir, Milk Horses, and four children’s books also.

Please join us to enjoy Rebecca’s feature and to encourage the writing community in NWA.  An open mic is held before and after the feature presentation.  Bring 4 minutes of your own or others’ work to share. Each month the University of Arkansas Press provides a volume of poetry to give away in a drawing. Nightbird Books an independent bookstore has been very gracious to host OPWC for several years. Come early to check out their book selection.

 

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