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Poetry Celebration

Posted April 16th, 2019 in Uncategorized

Edison Jennings headlines our Sunday with Friends regional poetry celebration April 28 at 3 p.m.

While he has three chapbooks and his poetry has been published in various journals, he still remembers the first poem he ever wrote.

The python’s manners are quite crude.
It squeezes its prey and gulps its food.

Edison Jennings says he was “6, maybe 7, when I wrote that masterpiece. I wrote it just to entertain myself and maybe show off to my parents. They weren’t all that impressed.”

Their initial reaction to his childhood poem didn’t stop Jennings from continuing to express himself and search for meaning through his poetry.

At the poetry celebration, he reads from his two latest chapbooks “A Letter to Greta” and “Small Measures.” He also shares selections from his first chapbook, “Reckoning.” He is joined by regional poets from the Appalachian Center for Poets and Writers including Warren Harris, Rees Shearer, Delilah O’Haynes and Deborah Meacham Ledford.

Jennings earned a Bachelor of Arts while serving on active duty as an enlisted air crewman in the U.S. Navy. After military service, he completed a Master of Fine Arts at the Warren Wilson Program for Writers, Swannanoa, North Carolina. He lives in Abingdon, Virginia. His poems have appeared in a variety of journals and anthologies, including “Boulevard,” “Kenyon Review,” “Rattle,” “Slate,” “Southern Review,” “Southwest Review,” “Triquarterly,” “Valparaiso Poetry Review” and “Zone 3.”

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