Reading and book signing by Award Winning Author
Friday, October 21, 2016
Cottonwood Collective (230 N. 2nd East, Mountain Home)
Doors open at 6:30 and the program will begin at 7 pm
The Literary Committee of the Mountain Home Arts Council and the Cottonwood Collective will host a reading and book signing featuring Diane Raptosh, Idaho Writer-in-Residence (2013-2016) and former Boise Poet Laureate (2013). Raptosh will read from her brand new book of poems, Human Directional (Etruscan Press, October 2016). Scheduled for Friday, October 21, at The Cottonwood Collective (230 N. 2nd E. St., Mountain Home), doors will open at 6:30 pm, with the program beginning at 7 pm. Copies of Raptosh’s poetry collections will be available for purchase at the event, while coffee and other beverages will be provided by Common Ground Coffee.
Raptosh’s earlier book of poems, American Amnesiac (Etruscan Press), was Longlisted for the 2013 National Book Award. She holds the Eyck-Berringer Endowed Chair in English at The College of Idaho, where she teaches literature and creative writing as well as directs the program in criminal justice/prison studies. She is a recipient of three fellowships in literature from the Idaho Commission on the Arts and a graduate of the University of Michigan MFA Program. The author of three earlier books of poems: Just West of Now (Guernica 1992), Labor Songs (Guernica 1999), and Parents from a Different Alphabet (Guernica 2008), Raptosh has published in the Los Angeles Review, Women’s Studies Quarterly, Terrain.org, and OccuPoetry, among more than 20 anthologies and 50 journals. An active ambassador for poetry, she conducts writing workshops, gives readings, and lectures on poetry in a variety of locations ranging from university auditoriums to maximum security prisons, school buses to riverbanks.
The mission of the Cottonwood Collective is to promote the work of local artisans and provide the community a welcoming place to purchase exceptional gifts and discerning fine art; to create a comfortable place to gather and to learn through classes, events, and shared conversations.
The Mountain Home Arts Council entertains, enriches, and educates the community by promoting and presenting varied artistic and cultural events. Upcoming events include the Fall Coffee House, The Whistle Pig Vol. 8 Book Launch on Oct. 28 at Our Lady of Good Counsel Hall, Art at the Inn on Nov. 12 at the Hampton, and professional pianist Jason Farnham on Nov. 22 at First Congregational Church. These enjoyable, family events are made possible by local patrons, business sponsors, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts. For our full season of events or other information, please visit our website, www.mharts.org, find us on Facebook or call the Arts Council office at 587-3706.