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Poetry at La Biblioteca

By Mark Shannon

The Biblioteca begins the year with a poetry reading in its free Performance Arts Series, celebrating Poetry Week Winter 2012 coordinated by Jennifer Clements. It features Fay Hart, a published poet and self-awareness teacher. Fay was born in Macclesfield, England, the first stopping-off point on her family’s immigration route to America from Ireland. She was raised in Chicago, then Indiana and finally Florida, where she dropped out of school and made her way to California, working at a variety of jobs while recording her adventures in a series of pamphlets titled Don’t Kiss Me, I’m Busy. In 1977, she moved to London where she often worked in the music industry, especially with her husband, a gifted and well-known composer. Her poems are widely published in literary journals and several notable anthologies. Yard Sale is her first published, full-length collection. In this remarkable volume, the reader is ushered into worlds of strange men and yard sales, boulevards and highways.

Poetry reading w/Fay Hart & Mark Shannon. Thu, Jan 5, 5:30pm. Santa Ana Café, La Biblioteca, Reloj 50A. Free

Fay’s poems have brought great reviews. Hugo Williams stated that “Fay Hart is everything a modern poet should be–adventurous, vivid, funny, surprising, readable. Her poems delight even when they cry. Like slides under a microscope, they dazzle with their close-ups of a strange and familiar world. Yard Sale will prove a revelation to all lovers of highly original poetry. An instant classic.”

Mark Shannon, author of a book of historical fiction titled In The Land Of Cane & Other Selected Work, will join Fay Hart at the podium. Mark Shannon’s literary interests are varied and diverse. He is a researcher, teacher, editor, and a performer of literature. A resident of San Miguel de Allende in the 1980s, he has returned after more than two decades to live the magic and magnificence of San Miguel.

Shannon’s return to San Miguel has not been easy. Following his studies at Texas A&M Graduate School, he published a community newspaper, became an advertising and sales executive, and also began writing a series of stories and screenplays. Finding only modest success with his literary work, he increased his efforts. However, it began to affect his health, and in 2004 he fell terribly ill to liver failure.

It was a long, anguished recovery, which, as with most personal encounters with mortality, brought a new realization of life into mind. In 2010, Mark Shannon decided to return to San Miguel, to dedicate his life to his writing, and to living a vital life in the sunshine of San Miguel.

Poetry Week workshop attendees, along with other poets in the audience, will be invited to read a selection from their own poetry. The event concludes with a brief reception.

The Santa Ana Café between readings will serve drinks and baked goods. The event is organized and produced by Mark Shannon in association with La Biblioteca. The Biblioteca offers literary and artistic events throughout the year on a no-charge basis.

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