The multimedia tribute will feature readings of Wright's poems, "Youth," "Willy Lyons," "Two Postures beside a Fire," "Upon Hearing a Rumor That the Oldest Whorehouse in Wheeling, West Virginia Has Been Condemned," and "On a Phrase from Southern Ohio" "Stages on a Journey Westward," "Miners," "In Ohio," "Autumn Begins in Martins Ferry, Ohio," and "Beautiful Ohio." All of these poems are available online at Google Books. Mr. Hoard will provide musical interludes between the readings.
Produced by Bottom Dog Press, "James Wright's Ohio" is a docu-drama filmed largely in Martins Ferry. The film includes interviews with poets William Matthews and Stanley Kunitz, and with Wright's two wives Liberty Kovacs and Annie Wright. It includes many poem-videos of Wright's most beloved works.The film will be screened without sound and will serve as background imagery for the readings and music.
Lunch With Books programs are free and open to the public. Patrons are invited to bring a bag lunch and free beverages are served. Please call 304-232-0244 for more information.