Charlottesville, VA (VR) — New Dominion Bookshop (404 E Main St.) will host an in-person reading with authors Lesley Wheeler and Remica Bingham-Risher on Saturday, February 25, from 7:00 PM to 8:00 PM. Lesley Wheeler will be reading from her recent memoir, Poetry’s Possible Worlds, and Remica Bingham-Risher will be reading from her recent memoir, Soul Culture: Black Poets, Books, and Questions that Grew Me Up. Book sales and a signing will follow. This in-person event is free to attend and open to the public. The shop recommends arriving early for the best seating. (This event was rescheduled from the fall due to Hurricane Ian.)
Lesley Wheeler is the author of Poetry’s Possible Worlds, a memoir exploring the restorative power of poetry during a time of crisis. Her other books include the novel Unbecoming and five books of poetry, most recently The State She’s In. Her poems and essays appear in such journals as Poetry, American Poetry Review, Ecotone, and Guernica, and she is poetry editor of Shenandoah. Her work has received support from the Fulbright Foundation, Bread Loaf, Sewanee Writers Workshop, and the National Endowment for the Humanities. Find her online at lesleymwheeler.org and @LesleyMWheeler.
Remica Bingham-Risher’s work has been published in The New York Times, The Writer’s Chronicle, Callaloo, and Essence. She is the author of Conversion (Lotus, 2006), What We Ask of Flesh (Etruscan, 2013), and Starlight & Error (Diode, 2017). Her memoir, Soul Culture: Black Poets, Books, and Questions That Grew Me Up, was published by Beacon Press in August 2022. She is the director of Quality Enhancement Plan initiatives at Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA, where she resides with her husband and children. To connect online, visit remicabinghamrisher.com, or find her on Twitter and Instagram at @remicawriter.
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