Sunday, January 23, 2011

Hadaway Reading, Tribute to Chester River, Rescheduled for Thursday, January 27

CHESTERTOWN—A book-launch event that celebrates the Chester River in words, images and music has been rescheduled for 6 p.m., Thursday, January 27, in The Egg performance space in the Hodson Hall Commons, Washington College, 300 Washington Avenue.

Originally scheduled for tonight (Wednesday, January 26), the celebration will feature poet Meredith Davies Hadaway reading from her newly published collection, The River is a Reason (2011, Word Press), plus work by artist Marcy Dunn Ramsey, whose painting is featured on the cover of Hadaway’s book, and performances by local musicians.

The event is sponsored by the College’s Center for Environment & Society and the Sophie Kerr Committee.

Hadaway, the College’s vice president for college relations and marketing, has taught literature and composition courses as an adjunct in the Department of English. She holds an M.F.A. in poetry from Vermont College of Fine Arts.

Fellow poet Peter Campion described her work as “a blend of down-to-earth congeniality and genuine intensity.” Of her latest collection, he wrote, “ . . . these poems are dignified throughout by a master’s feel for sentence and line.”

Hadaway’s home sits some 30 feet from the bank of the Chester River and the water is visible from nearly every room. “You cannot live beside a river and not be influenced by it,” she observes. “A river, with its tidal flux and constant motion, is the perfect metaphor for our lives on this planet.”

Hadaway has been published in numerous literary journals and serves as poetry editor for The Summerset Review. She has been a fellow of the Virginia Center for Creative Arts and has received two Pushcart nominations. A poem from her new collection received honorable mention for the Robinson Jeffers Tor House Poetry Prize in 2010. Another will appear in the forthcoming anthology, Best Millennium Writings.

The River is a Reason is available online and at local bookstores including the Washington College Bookstore (located in the ground floor of the Casey Academic Center on the College campus). For information on the reading and reception, call the Center for Environment & Society at 410-778-7295.

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