Friday, February 13, 2015

Cafe Muse Grows in 2015--Keplinger & Yarrow Reading

Poetry Reading by David Keplinger & Bill Yarrow

The winter Cafe Muse programs are always a risk but The Word Works was very lucky to have the Friendship Heights Village Center open for business to host American University professor David Keplinger and on-sabbitcal Chicagan Bill Yarrow. Bill took the train two nights before his February 2nd appearance, making it out before one of the five worst storms in history to hit Chicago. We had blustery frigid wind in the DC area but that did not keep 40 people from attending.

Henry Crawford introduced David expressing the great love his students have for this vivacious teacher. Many of his adult students were attending. Gwenn Gebhard, a departing Cafe Muse co-host, introduced Bill Yarrow with a poignant and on-the-money preview of Bill's work. Rocky Delaplaine ran our open mic for poetry. Although Susan Okie was absent, her work behind the scenes was keenly felt—she succeeded in getting this program listed in The Washington Post Literary Calendar two weeks in a row, news that always brings in new and regular-attending audience.

Our next program on March 2 features poets Le Hinton and Susan Sonde.

The Word Works thanks Courtyard by Marriott for hosting our reader Bill Yarrow. Thanks to Bill Yarrow for the high-quality video linked above.

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