MATT SCHUMACHER PRESENTS “POETRY TO READ IN THE DARK” AT NEWPORT PUBLIC LIBRARY
So you say you don’t mind hangin’ out with people who know the words to drunken sailor songs, are schooled in how to pull off terrifying events in old ghost towns or those who imagine rich, dreamy venues where the improbable is never impossible. Well then! You’re our kind of people! Keep reading!
Matt Schumacher, an Oregon poet original, will read selections from his works, that depict the above and more, at the Newport Public Library on Thursday, October 27, at 7:00 p.m. Schumacher is the author of Spilling the Moon (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2008) and The Fire Diaries (Wordcraft of Oregon, 2010). Current projects include favorite maritime drinking songs of the miraculous alcoholics, a book of fantastical drinking songs, and Ghost Town Odes, a series of poems about Oregon Ghost Towns. New works will soon appear in Diode, Redivider, and North American Review. Mr. Schumacher recently completed a Ph.D. in English and serves as Poetry Editor for Phantom Drift, a magazine of New Fabulism.
In a July review of Spilling the Moon in New Pages, Micah Zevin wrote, “Matthew Schumacher’s poetry challenges the reader to imagine a rich, dreamy world where the improbable is never impossible, and the impossible is brought to life by the author, a puppet master with convincing zeal for all that is alien about being human.”
In the spirit of the upcoming holiday, attendees are invited – but not required – to come in costume. Free copies of Schumacher’s books will be awarded to those with the three best costumes.
This program is free and sponsored by the Newport Public Library and the Sylvia Beach Hotel. For more information, call the library at 265-2153 or check its website at www.newportlibrary.org.