Big Dog Reading Series hosts poetry reading

For immediate release: Sept. 12, 2012

BLOOMSBURG — Poets Gabe Welsch and Harry Humes will read from their works at the Moose Exchange, 203 W. Main St., Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 5 p.m. as a part of Bloomsburg University’s Big Dog Reading Series. The reading is free and open to the public.

Gabe Welsch Welsch, who recently published a new collection of poems, “The Death of Flying Things,” is a widely published poet and fiction writer. His poetry and prose appear widely, in Georgia Review, New Letters, Harvard Review, Isotope, Southern Review, Mid-American Review, Chautauqua, Ascent, PANK, From the Fishouse, Missouri Review, Tar River Poetry, and many others.

His honors include a Pennsylvania Arts Council grant for fiction, appointments as Thoreau Poet-in-Residence at the Toledo Botanical Garden and poet-in-residence at the Chautauqua Institution’s Writer’s Center, and four nominations for the Pushcart Prize.

Welsch has spent most of his life in Pennsylvania. He grew up in Warren and Downingtown, earned degrees at Penn State, where he also taught and worked in fundraising for a decade. He is now vice president for advancement and marketing at Juniata College in Huntingdon.

Harry Humes Humes is a BU graduate and has won numerous writing awards. A native to Schuylkill County, his work is often set in the coal region along with other Pennsylvania locales. He was born in Girardville, which he affectionately refers to as “a small run-down coal mining town in Schuylkill County.” Humes’s father, older brother, uncle, and cousins all toiled in the mines. Themes that surrounded him as a child later became the themes of his work as a poet.

Humes is the author of six collections of poetry, including "Winter Weeds," winner of the Devins Award; "Ridge Music"; "Butterfly Effect," a National Poetry Series winner; "Ridge Music," an Associated Writing Programs Contest Finalist; "The Way Winter Works"; "The Bottomland"; and "August Evening with Trumpet."

His work has appeared in literary publications such as "Poetry," "Gettysburg Review" and "The Nation," among others. "Poetry Northwest" awarded him its Theodore Roethke Poetry Prize for his poem "Calling in the Hawk." Poet James Tate selected Humes' poem, "Butterfly Effect," for "Best American Poetry 1997." He is a recipient of a National Endowment Poetry Fellowship and several poetry grants from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.

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