November 25, 2022

Celebrating Marc Harshman’s 10th Anniversary as Poet Laureate of West Virginia | News, Sports, Jobs

Mark Harshman

WHEELING — The Ohio County Public Library’s upcoming Lunch With Books program will celebrate the 10th anniversary of Marc Harshman’s appointment as West Virginia’s Poet Laureate.

Harshman will be on hand for a reading of his new book, “Dark Hills of Home.”

The program will take place at noon on Tuesday, November 22.

Harshman will also read a sampling of poems from across his career during the program, as well as selections from the new volume. It also intends to offer reflections on what it meant to be Poet Laureate during this time. There is a rumor that there will also be cake!

Each poem in the “Dark Hills of Home” originated among the foothills and hollows of the Western Alleghenies, between the Ohio and Monongahela rivers in the heart of Appalachia, where the sun rises late and sets early, and the night never is never entirely absent.

Harshman’s “Woman in Red Anorak” won the Blue Lynx Poetry Prize and was published in 2018 by Lynx House Press. His 14th children’s book, “Fallingwater: The Building of Frank Lloyd Wright’s Masterpiece”, co-authored with Anna Smucker, was published by Roaring Brook/Macmillan in 2017. He is also a co-winner of the 2019 Allen Ginsberg Poetry Prize. The poems have been anthologized by Kent State University, University of Iowa, SPM Publications (London), University of Georgia and University of Arizona.

Harshman has been Poet Laureate of West Virginia since 2012.

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