J.D. Scrimgeour, coordinator of Salem State's Creative Writing program and chair of the Writing Committee at the Salem Athenaeum, will celebrate the publication of his new collection of poetry, Lifting the Turtle. Scrimgeour, a longtime resident of Salem, “displays a remarkable range of subject matter, style, and tone,” according to poet Jeffrey Harrison. In addition to several poems about Salem, Lifting the Turtle has several dramatic monologues inspired by stories he has heard from students in his 20 years of teaching. The book concludes with a long poem, “The Baby,” based on a family myth about a small village in Greece. Poet Richard Hoffman calls “The Baby” a “masterpiece.”
The reading will also feature noted Filipino-American poet Oliver de la Paz, author of four collections of poetry and this year’s judge of the Claire Keyes Poetry Prize. The prize, named for poet and Salem State Professor Emeritus Claire Keyes, awards 1000 dollars to a poet for a suite of poems, which are published in Salem State’s national literary magazine, Soundings East. This year’s winner will be announced be de la Paz at this reading.
Oliver de la Paz is the author of four collections of poetry, Names Above Houses, Furious Lullaby (SIU Press 2001, 2007), and Requiem for the Orchard (U. of Akron Press 2010), winner of the Akron Prize for poetry, and Post Subject: A Fable (U. of Akron Press 2014). His work has appeared in literary journals and magazines including Virginia Quarterly Review, North American Review, Chattahoochee Review, and in anthologies such as Asian American Poetry: The Next Generation. He co-chairs the advisory board of Kundiman, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to the promotion of Asian American Poetry.
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