Please join Berks Bards as we welcome poet Jerry Wemple to Reading Area Community College on
Wednesday, January 28, 2015, at 6:00 pm in the Ravens Lounge, Student Union Building,
for the Bruce Stanley Memorial Poetry Reading and Open Mic.
This event is free and open to the students at RACC, and the general public. Sponsored by
the Foundation for RACC and Berks Bards.
A Pennsylvania native, Jerry Wemple writes
frequently about the people and places of the Susquehanna Valley. His
work includes three poetry collections: You Can See It from Here,
selected by Pulitzer Prize-winner Yusef Komunyakaa for the Naomi Long
Madgett Poetry Award, The Civil War in Baltimore, and most recently The
Artemas Poems. He co-editor of the anthology Common Wealth: Contemporary
Poets on Pennsylvania. He is the recipient of several awards for
writing and teaching including a Fellowship in Literature from the
Pennsylvania Council on the Arts and the Word Journalchapbook prize.
Wemple’s poetry and creative nonfiction have been published in several
US and international journals and anthologies. He teaches at Bloomsburg
University of Pennsylvania.
Wemple has long been intrigued by out
of the way places of the Keystone State. As fellow Pennsylvania poet
Julia Kasdorf noted about his first book, “This region of forests, coal
mines, farms, and small towns can be as hard and silent as stone, yet …
Wemple makes even its bars and bigots sing.” Wemple has lived in several
locations throughout the country and traveled to more than a dozen
foreign countries. He worked on a department store loading dock, served
in the Navy, and was a newspaper reporter. And now he finds himself on a
mid-point on the Susquehanna River, between where he was born and where
he grew up.
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