CONCORD — Lakes Region poet Charlotte Cox will introduce her newly published first book, Currents in the Stream, at a reading hosted by the Poetry Society of New Hampshire (PSNH) on Wednesday, March 18, at 7 p.m. This reading and signing event will take place at Gibson's Bookstore, located at 45 South Main Street in Concord, with parking either on the street or in the Red River Theatre's parking garage.
Currents in the Stream, released last fall by North Star Press, has gathered high praise from New England's poetry luminaries. Patricia Fargnoli, Poet Laureate of New Hampshire 2006-09, says: "Here among the wealth of these poems, you will find . . . childhood memories, family relationships, lyrical poems of nature, of marriage, of travels, of loss and, finally, of a woman alone in the world redefining her place in it. These poems glow with clarity, close observation, and a sensitive perception of the world." John-Michael Albert, editor of the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire and former Portsmouth Poet Laureate, declares: "The highs and lows, the tragedies and comedies, of Charlotte Cox's rich life compress beautifully into the structures of lyric poetry. This is poetry that leaves plenty of room for us, her readers, to fire up our sympathetic memories."
Cox's writing has won prizes in the Poetry Society's National and Member Contests and in the River Run Seacoast Poetry Contest. Her poems have been published in the Poets' Guide to New Hampshire, The Poets' Touchstone, Piscataqua Poems: A Seacoast Anthology, and The Widows' Handbook (Kent State University Press, 2014). Cox has also had articles published in Library Journal, Public Libraries, and Seacoast Living, and she has been a featured reader throughout the Lakes Region. She will be available to sign copies of her book after the reading.
Don Kimball, President of PSNH, says: "We encourage our audiences to participate in the open mic time after the reading, so bring something of your own to share. There will be a large display of books and CDs for sale and browsing, with ample time to meet other creative people. Please join us on March 18 for this special event." For more information contact Gibson's at 224-0562 or gibsonsbookstore.com.
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