PSNH Presents: Marjorie Maddox and Baseball Poems
Date(s) - August 23, 2022
7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
Author Marjorie Maddox will discuss how she drew on family connections, historical events, location, and even the pandemic as inspiration to “Play Ball!” when it comes to writing “poetry that moves.” In this session, she’ll talk about composing “action and sport poems,” as well as her process of writing a series of linked works. She’ll also discuss how growing up as the great grand-niece of Branch Rickey—the General Manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers, who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to Major League Baseball—and twice serving as a Little League World Series Visiting Author and twice as a guest poet at the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown all impacted her poetry.
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Marjorie’s Bio: Professor of English and Creative Writing at Lock Haven University, Marjorie Maddox has published 13 collections of poetry—including Transplant, Transport, Transubstantiation (Yellowglen Prize); True, False, None of the Above (Illumination Book Award Medalist); Local News from Someplace Else (Wipf and Stock); Perpendicular As I (Sandstone Book Award), Begin with a Question (Paraclete Press, 2022), and Heart Speaks, Is Spoken For (Shanti Arts Publishing, 2022), an ekphrastic collaboration with photographer Karen Elias—the short story collection What She Was Saying (Fomite); four children’s and YA books—including Inside Out: Poems on Writing and Reading Poems with Insider Exercises (Finalist Children’s Educational Category 2020 International Book Awards), and A Crossing of Zebras: Animal Packs in Poetry; I’m Feeling Blue, Too! (a 2021 NCTE Notable Poetry Book), and Rules of the Game: Baseball Poems (Resource Publications) and 650 stories, essays, and poems in journals and anthologies. Her forthcoming book, In the Museum of My Daughter’s Mind, an ekphrastic collection based on 17 paintings by Anna Lee Hafer (www.hafer.work ) and including work by artists Margaret Munz-Losch, Antar Mikosz, Ingo Swann, Karen Elias, Greg Mort, and Christian Twamley, is forthcoming (Shanti Arts 2023). She is the great grandniece of Branch Rickey, the general manager of the Brooklyn Dodgers who helped break the color barrier by signing Jackie Robinson to Major League Baseball. The chair of the jury of judges for the 2020 Lee Bennett Hopkins Children’s Poetry Book Award, she gives readings and workshops around the world.