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Poetry reading, discussion at Vail Public Library on Tuesday

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VAIL — Vail Public Library will host a poetry reading and discussion at 5:30 p.m. on Tuesday as part of the teen summer reading program, the theme of which is “Beneath the Surface.”

Memory is great fodder for writing, but how does a poet harness it? Join Heather Taylor Johnson for a poetry reading and a discussion on process and the traces of memory.

Johnson moved to Australia in 1999 to begin her doctorate degree in creative writing and has been there ever since. She wound up with a true blue Aussie man and three children she has discouraged from calling her “mum.”

Johnson is the author of three books of poetry. “Thirsting for Lemonade” being her latest. She has a novel coming out later this year called “Pursuing Love and Death.”

Her work draws on concepts of home and the spaces between the boundaries where migrants dwell. Family and memory are pivotal.

Johnson is the poetry editor of Transnational Literature and teaches creative writing at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia. She and her husband plan on one day buying a home in Salida.

The library is located at 292 W. Meadow Drive in Vail.

This program is free and open to the public. Copies of Johnson’s books will be available for sale at the event. For more information call 970-479-2187.

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