Putney library celebrates poetry, literature

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PUTNEY — The Putney Public Library, 55 Main St., is offering two free programs in the coming weeks that celebrate poetry and literature.

On Wednesday, April 17, at 6:30 p.m., Kate Gleason and Putney Library Writer in Residence Michelle Blake will read their poems and talk about what they are currently striving to discover in their work - about language, poetry and the world.

Gleason is the author of two poetry books, "Laika in Space" (forthcoming Main Street Rag) and "Measuring the Dark" (Zone 3 Press). Her work has appeared in Verse Daily, Best American Poetry, The Southern Review, Alaska Quarterly Review, Rattle and many other publications. Blake is the author of three novels, "The Tentmaker," "Earth Has No Sorrow" and "The Book of Light" (Putnam Penguin), as well as a chapbook, "Into the Wide and Startling World" (Finishing Line) and a collaboration with visual artist Fran Forman, "Escape Artist" (Schiffer). Her work has appeared in Mezzo Cammin, Ploughshares, Southern Review, The New York Times, MOREmagazine, Solstice Literary Magazine and Tin House.

Later in the month, the library will host a Shakespeare's Measure for Measure study group lead by Gordon Jones, a Putney School faculty member.

Starting on Monday, April 22, and running for five weeks, Jones will be leading another Shakespeare study group, following on from King Lear. This time the group will read Measure for Measure. This is one of the so-called problem plays, and deals with the timely topic of sexual coercion by a powerful hypocrite.

If you would like to participate, communicate directly with Jones: gjones@putneyschool.org

Copies of the play will be available at the library's front desk for library cardholders to borrow.

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