POETRY SPEAKS welcomes renowned poet Thylias Moss

Posted Apr 2nd, 2012 by Rhonda Sewell  Category: Community Interest


(Released March 29, 2012) – In celebration of National Poetry Month and National Library Week, POETRY SPEAKS @ Your Library coordinators are pleased to welcome renowned poet Thylias Moss on Tuesday, April 10 at a program from 6:30-8:30 p.m. in the Huntington Meeting Room of Main Library, 325 Michigan St. This program is FREE and open to the public.

The Toledo-Lucas County Public Library and the University of Toledo English Department are pleased to welcome Moss, who has published eight collections of poetry, two plays and a children’s book. Her most recent work experiments with Limited Fork theory, the study of “interacting systems” including visual, sonic, tactile, and olfactory systems. Moss’ last published work was in 2006 with a book of poetry titled Tokyo Butter.

During the upcoming Poetry Speaks program, local poet and spoken word artist Imani Lateef will open the event with his stirring selections. Lucas County Poet Laureate and Library Poet-in-Residence Joel Lipman, a UT professor, will introduce Moss and read some of his poetry selections.

Moss’ most recent work experiments with Limited Fork Theory, the study of “interacting systems” including visual, sonic, tactile, and olfactory systems. Within the study of Limited Fork Theory, Moss has focused on the making of poams, a loose acronym that stands for “products of acts of making.” Her most recent work can be seen on her YouTube channel, Forkgirl’s Channel, or on her Web site www.4orkology.com.

From the Booklist review of Tokyo Butter:
“Moss is a highly original poet of amplitude and verve, her poems at once cerebral and sensual. Circling the mystery of absence in her newest brimming collection, the disappearance of a stranger named Cindy Song and the death of her beloved cousin Deirdre, Moss juggles a set of metamorphosing motifs to create breathtaking, funny, and scathing riffs on natural processes and human practices.”

Moss, a dual professor at the University of Michigan working in the departments of English, and in Art & Design, is a Cleveland native and Oberlin graduate and a one-time student of 2007 Library of Congress Poet Laureate Consultant Charles Simic at the University of New Hampshire. She has been awarded distinguished honors including the Witter Bynner Prize, and MacArthur, & Guggenheim fellowships.

Attendees of the Thylias Moss April 10 program will be able to sign up for the Library’s upcoming Tuesday, April 24 Poetry Speaks open mic program.

NOTE: For additional information visit toledolibrary.org, or call the Library’s Humanities Department at 419.259.5218

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