LWTA – Maurice Manning
Lunch with the Arts – Maurice Manning, Poet
Wednesday, February 20
12pm to 1pm | $5 at the door ($3 students)
Maurice Manning is a Danville native and a nationally-recognized poet. His first collection of poems, Lawrence Booth’s Book of Visions, was awarded the Yale Younger Poets Award, chosen by W.S. Merwin. Since then he has published four collections of poetry. Manning’s book, The Common Man, was a finalist for the Pulitzer prize. His next book, Railsplitter, will be published in the fall. Manning teaches at Transylvania University and lives with his family in Washington County.
For his Lunch with the Arts presentation, Manning will read from his poetry that is based in the culture and geography of Central Kentucky. He says “While my work implicitly responds to our current world, I’m always more interested in the created world and our relationship to it.” Manning will be joined by Sue Massek, a banjo player who bluegrass and mountain music have been an influence on his poetry.
Massek is a member of the ground-breaking all women group, Reel World String Band. She learned
traditional banjo tunings from some of the legends of mountain music. Part of Sue’s career has
been to keep these traditions alive.
Thanks to our event sponsors, Stuart Powell Ford Lincoln Mazda and D.E.A.L., Inc. Sign language interpretation will be available for this event, thanks to a grant from the Hudson-Ellis Fund.