Join St. John’s Episcopal Church on Wednesdays in May for a Poetry Reading Series featuring Thomas Lynch (5/5), Molly McCully Brown (5/12), Spencer Reece (5/19), and Barbara Hamby (5/26). These four artists will invite you to look at the world and your faith in new and surprising ways.
Classes are free and open to all via Zoom:
If prompted, password is “1829”
Thomas Lynch is a poet who has worked as a funeral director since 1974. Molly McCully Brown, a disabled poet, writes eloquently of her faith, relationship with her own body, and what it is like to yearn for your twin who died shortly after birth. Before Spencer Reece became an Episcopal priest, he sold clothes at Brooks Brothers. Barbara Hamby, who teaches at FSU, has written poems such as “How to Pray” and “Ode on Satan’s Power.” Whether you are a literary nerd like Fr. Dave Killeen, who will introduce our world-class writers, or dipping your toe in the waters of poetry for the very first time, get ready to go on a wild and fascinating ride.
About Tonight’s Guest:
Barbara Hamby, born in New Orleans and raised in Honolulu, teaches at Florida State University where she is Distinguished University Scholar. Her most recent book is Holoholo, a Hawaiian word for walking out with no destination in mind. Her poems are fueled by an American lingo that embraces slang, Yiddish, street talk, and the yearning to be able to describe her moment in time. Her deceased mother appears in a nursing home in Havana, Cuba. She speaks to her younger self and to the sacred heart of everyone. All of the poems in this book are odes, poems of praise but also poems that investigate what it means to be a human being and a woman in a world of breathtaking beauty and terror.