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Noted poet David Yezzi will read from his works in a free celebration of music, poetry and printing at West Chester University on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 1:30 to 2:30 p.m. Yezzi’s new book Birds of the Air will be published in February 2013, and holiday cards of his poem “The Hug” will be for sale in a limited edition printed by the University’s Aralia Press.
The event combines Yezzi’s poetry with a concert of old-time American music by the Orpheus Supertones, who play traditional American music on banjo, guitar and fiddle. The band features fiddler and banjo picker Walt Koken, founder of the Highwoods Stringband, plus Clare Milliner on fiddle, Pete Peterson, banjo and vocals, and Kellie Allen, guitar and vocals. Milliner and Koken recently published the monumental Milliner-Koken Collection of American Fiddle Tunes.
Yezzi, who is on the WCU Poetry Center Advisory Board, is executive editor of The New Criterion and a former director of the Unterberg Poetry Center of the 92nd Street Y in New York. His book Azores was a Slate magazine best book of the year in 2008. His poems have appeared in The Atlantic, The Paris Review, The New Republic and others. His literary essays and reviews have appeared in The New York Times Book Review, The New Yorker, The Wall Street Journal and elsewhere.
As an actor and co-founder of Thick Description, a San Francisco theater company, Yezzi has performed in works by Shakespeare, Shaw, Brecht, Goethe, Williams and others.
Yezzi and the Orpheus Supertones appear courtesy of the WCU Friends of the Libraries and the WCU Center for the History of the Book. The event, which is free and open to the public, is in the Special Collections Room, FHG 615, in the Francis Harvey Green Library.