This weekend Alison Pelegrin was here for the New Words reading at the Akron Art Museum. All along I'd been reading her poems with a voice I'd invented for her, based on Big Muddy River of Stars. Amazingly, her voice is really similar to the one in her poems. What a treat hanging out with her. She's so funny and low-key and confident when she's reading. Here are a few pics.
Elton Glaser, now-former editor of the Akron Series in Poetry, Alison Pelegrin, Pippi Longstocking.
Alison and Pippi Longstocking, with the awesome lights of downtown Akron swirling around us.
Today is our student awards ceremony, where I get to give prizes to The Colt, among others. I get to read his "Chainsaw Poem" as part of the festivities. I hope I do it justice. I love student awards day. It's one of my favorite days of the academic year. I forgot to wear waterproof mascara, so I may have to make my remarks more humorous than heart-wrenching.