Local Buzz – Writers Read!


February 22, 2020
3:00 pm - 4:00 pm

LOCAL BUZZ READINGS
at
The THOMAS MEMORIAL LIBRARY
 
Saturday, February 22, 2020
 
with
 
Folklorist Margaret Yocom
 
Biographer Mark Griffin
 
This event is free and open to the public. Writers’ books will be available for sale by Kelly’s Books to Go and light refreshments will be available.

*Returning audience members PLEASE NOTE the new
earlier start time of 3:00 PM for this and all future events.

Margaret “Peggy” Yocom grew up in the Pennsylvania German farmland listening to her grandparents’ stories. Her book ALL KINDS OF FUR: Erasure Poems & New Translation of a Tale from the Brothers Grimm was published by Deerbrook Editions in 2018. Her poetry has also appeared in the Beloit Poetry Journal, The Beltway Poetry Journal, the anthology The Folklore Muse: Poetry, Fiction, and Other Reflections by Folklorists, and elsewhere. She is the founder of the Folklore Studies Program of George Mason University where she taught for 36 years.  Peggy has published writings on the Brothers Grimm, on the folk arts of political protest, on Inuit storytelling in northwest Alaska, on family folklore, and on the folk arts of Maine logging communities. Co-founder of the American Folklore Society’s Creative Writing and Storytelling Section, she holds a Ph.D. in English and folklore from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst. A founding member of Western Maine Storytelling, she tells legendary tales of the seen—and the unseen. Co-organizer of the Hugh Ogden Memorial Evening of Poetry in Rangeley, she makes her home with her geologist husband, John Slack, in Farmington and Rangeley.

            Mark Griffin is the author of All That Heaven Allows: A Biography of Rock Hudson, which was named one of the best nonfiction titles of 2018 by Kirkus Reviews. Universal Pictures has optioned the book and a big screen biopic is scheduled to be produced and directed by Greg Berlanti, who was responsible for the recent hit Love, Simon and the popular Netflix series Riverdale.  Griffin is also the author of A Hundred or More Hidden Things: The Life and Films of Vincente Minnelli, which Library Journal named one of the best biographies of 2011.

Griffin’s reviews, interviews and essays have appeared in scores of publications, including the Boston Globe, Moviemaker and Genre. He recently appeared in the documentaries Gene Kelly: To Live and Dance and Mythical Couples: Judy Garland and Vincente Minnelli.

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