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Tom Pickard on Tour

In readings, Uncategorized on September 14, 2008 at 9:36 pm

The British poet Tom Pickard will be on a reading tour of the U.S. for September and October. Here are some of his events:

 September 4 (Thursday), 8 pm: Observable Readings, Schlafly Tap Room, St. Louis.

September 8 (Monday), 7:30 pm: Moe’s Books, Berkeley, California.

September 10 (Wednesday), 7:30 pm: St Mary’s College, Moraga, California.

September 11 (Thursday), 6:30 pm: University of California, Berkeley.

September 17 (Wednesday), 7:30 pm: Danny’s Reading Series, Chicago (with Elizabeth Arnold).

September 20 (Saturday), 7 pm: Woodland Pattern Book Center, Milwaukee (with Elizabeth Arnold and Anselm Hollo).

September 25 (Thursday), 4 pm: Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut.

September 29 (Monday), 6:30 pm: Roger Williams University. Bristol, Rhode Island.

October 2 (Thursday): CUE Art Foundation, 511 West 25th Street, New York.

October 5 (Sunday), afternoon: Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick, Maine.

October 6 (Monday): Bates College, Maine.

October 8 (Wednesday): University of Maine at Orono.

 Pickard lives at the edge of Fiend’s Fell in the North Penine Hills on the English-Scottish border. He is the author of ten books of poetry and prose, including The Dark Months of May (Flood Editions, 2004) and Ballad of Jamie Allan (Flood Editions, 2007). A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ballad of Jamie Allan was written as a libretto for the composer John Harle and performed at the Sage Gateshead in Durham, England (and recently released as a CD). It concerns an eighteenth-century gypsy musician who died in Durham jail where he was serving a life sentence for stealing a horse at the age of seventy. His reputation as a great musician was matched by his reputation as an outlaw, or to quote Walter Scott, “a desperate reprobate.”

 “Pickard’s erotic lyrics have a terrific economy, swiftness and obscene (and alas unquotable) directness, conjuring remembered sex, shared blankets, beds, knives and regret.” Maureen McLane, Chicago Tribune

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