Event: A Celebration of National Poetry Month


20 April, 2013 – Old Capitol Books is pleased to announce that we will be hosting a celebration of National Poetry Month on Saturday April 20th, 2013. Come join us for an afternoon and evening of poetry readings with appearances from local poets.

On top of our poetry sale (All poetry books are 30% off this month!), we will have local poet Patrick Flanigan and Los Angeles poet Peter Serchuk in for readings and conversation. We will also have an guided reading of T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland in between all of the other festivities.

The day’s schedule looks something like this:

3pm: Conversations and readings by local Carmel poet, Patrick Flanigan, a physician and author. He was born in northern Indiana, grew up in Ohio, and has lived in California since 1973. He has written three books of poetry: Surviving the Storm, Milk and Coffee, and When Sunflowers Speak. He also is the author of a folio of poems called Freestanding Verse.

4pm: A reading of selections from T.S. Eliot’s The Wasteland with your local bookseller, Stephanie. Bring your favorite passages, and enjoy some good conversation and home-made cake.

peter-serchuk-20125pm: Los Angeles poet Peter Serchuk will be joining us in the afternoon to read his work.  Serchuk was born and raised in Queens, New York. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois and a Master’s degree from the University of Michigan. While at Michigan he was awarded the top poetry prize in the annual Hopwood Awards, the nation’s largest collegiate writing competition. Since that time, his poems have appeared in a wide variety of journals including the Hudson Review, Poetry, Boulevard, Denver Quarterly, North American Review, Texas Review, New Letters, Valparaiso Poetry Review and many others. Additionally, a number of his poems have been anthologized. He is the author of two poetry collections: Waiting for Poppa at the Smithtown Diner (University of Illinois Press) and, most recently, All That Remains (WordTech Editions). A poem from that collection, “Heyday,” was featured in August, 2012 on Garrison Keillor’s “The Writer’s Almanac.”

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