Poetry is Normal Presents Patricia Clark and Alice Friman on YouTube Live

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Poetry is Normal Presents Patricia Clark and Alice Friman on YouTube Live

Poets Patricia Clark and Alice Friman will read their work on Tuesday, November 15, 7-8 p.m. on YouTube Live, as part of Poetry is Normal Presents, the library’s guest poet series supported by the Normal Public Library Foundation.

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Patricia Clark is the author of six volumes of poetry, including Sunday Rising, The Canopy and most recently Self Portrait with a Million Dollars. Her work has appeared in The Atlantic, Gettysburg Review, Poetry, and Slate, among others, and her many awards include a Creative Artist Grant in Michigan, the Mississippi Review Prize, the Gwendolyn Brooks Prize, and co-winner of the Lucille Medwick Prize from the Poetry Society of America. The Canopy received the Poetry Society of Virginia's book award for 2018. From 2005 to 2007 she served as the poet laureate of Grand Rapids, Michigan. For many years, Clark was Poet-in-Residence and Professor in the Department of Writing at Grand Valley State University; she retired in 2020. New work appears in Plume, The Westchester Review, The Midwest Quarterly, Tar River Poetry, I-70 Review, Paterson Literary Review, EcoTheo Review, and TAB: A Journal of Poetry & Poetics.

Alice Friman’s newest book is Blood Weather from LSU Press. Her last two books (both LSU) are Vinculum, which won a 2012 Georgia Author of the Year Award, and The View from Saturn. Other books include Inverted Fire and The Book of the Rotten Daughter (both BkMk), and Zoo (Arkansas), which won the Sheila Margaret Motton Prize and the Ezra Pound Poetry Award. Other awards are two Pushcart Prizes, appearance in The Best American Poetry, the Paumanok Prize, and three prizes from Poetry Society of America: the Consuelo Ford, the Cecil Hemley, and the Lucille Medwick Awards. From The New England Poetry Club, the Gretchen Warren and Firman Houghton Awards, and, twice, the Erika Mumford Prize. She also received the James Boatwright III Prize for Poetry (Shenandoah) and the Ekphrasis Prize for Poetry (Ekphrasis). Her poems have appeared in PoetryPloughshares, The Georgia Review, The Gettysburg Review, Southern Review, and many others, including publication in fourteen other countries. Professor Emerita at U of Indianapolis, Friman was Poet-in-Residence at Georgia College. Her website is alicefrimanpoet.com.