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Boom Project writers will read for the Filson Historical Society on Tuesday, November 10.


Attributed to Michele MF via Creative Commons

Dateline October 19, 2020, Louisville, Kentucky.

WRITERS OF THE BOOM PROJECT: VOICES OF A GENERATION (OHIO VALLEY) WILL READ POETRY AND PROSE IN A VIDEOCONFERENCE, FOR THE FILSON HISTORICAL SOCIETY—TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 10, 6 PM TO 7 PM. The event is free to both members and non-members.


If you live long enough, and write about your life, you become part of history. That's our experience, as writers featured in The Boom Project book. Do join us for this reading by four featured authors, including Ohio's Poet Laureate.

Featured readers are Ohio Poet Laureate Kari-Gunter Seymour, Pittsburgh poet Angela Carter-Jones, Evansville writer Mark Williams, and Louisville writer Mick Puckett. Each will share work from The Boom Project: Voices of a Generation (Butler Books 2019)—an anthology of poetry and prose by baby boomers of the Ohio River Valley.

To register for this free video-conference, go to https://filson.simpletix.com/e/58302?aff=HomePageLink

To learn more about the Filson Historical Society, go to https://filsonhistorical.org


About the Writers—

Kari Gunter-Seymour —Ohio Poet Laureate. She has three poems featured in The Boom Project anthology. Her most recent poetry collection is A Place So Deep Inside America It Can’t Be Seen (Sheila-Na-Gig Editions 2020). A poem she wrote in support of families living in poverty in Athens County, OH, went viral—viewed by more than 100,000 people— resulting in thousands of dollars donated to her local food pantry. She is a Pushcart and Best of the Net nominee and the 2020 Ohio Poet of the Year.



Sheila L. Carter-Jones has three poems in The Boom Project. She lives in Pittsburgh and is the author of two books, Three Birds Deep and the Blackberry Cobbler Song. Her chapbook Crooked Star Dream Book was Honorable Mention for the 2013 New York Center for Book Arts Chapbook Contest.  Sheila has a BA from Carnegie Mellon University, an M.Ed. and Ph.D. from the University of Pittsburgh, and an MFA from Carlow University. She has published her poetry widely in literary journals, magazines, and anthologies, including Coal: A Poetry Anthology. Sheila is working on a new full-length manuscript of poems and a chapbook titled The Newly Invented Lucky Star Dream Book, as well as a memoir.


Michael "Mick" Puckett spent his youth in the woods and along streams and rivers, in Fern Creek, KY. In his work life, Mick recorded albums for many Kentucky musicians in his studio, Real to Reel Recording, as well as for NPR on-location music festivals. He taught middle school science, and biology at Indiana University Southeast. In his retirement, Mick is a volunteer for Raptor Rehabilitation of Kentucky, where he treats and releases into the wild, owls, hawks, falcons, eagles, and vultures. His essay featured in The Boom Project is a memory of Vietnam War protests just after the Kent State Massacre.



Mark Williams lives in Evansville, Indiana. His short fiction in The Boom Project is a delightful coming-of-age story, “Bombs Away.” Mark’s poems have appeared in The Southern ReviewRattle, and New Ohio Review. His fiction has appeared in Indiana Review and the anthologies, and American Fiction. His novella, Shangri La, is forthcoming in Running Wild Novella Anthology.

THE Boom Project: Voices of a Generation is a collection of prose and poetry authored by members of the Baby Boom Generation of the Ohio River Valley. Co-editors Kimberly Crum and Bonnie Omer Johnson selected stories, poems, and essays that illustrate the varied experiences of writers between Pittsburgh and Cairo, Illinois, born between 1946-1964. Their voices speak of the river, home, cultural and historical events, coming-of-age, and the coming of aging. 


This anthology will feel universal to anyone who has ever searched for identity, connection, and a place to call home. Learn more about The Boom Project, its editors and contributors at theboomprojectbook.com.


Books available for sale at Carmichael's Bookstore (Louisville), Joseph Beth Books (Cincinnati), Butler Books publisher (Louisville), White Whale Bookstore (Pittsburgh, Barnes & Noble (Evansville) and B &N online, as well as Amazon.

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