Alfresco Authors: Poetry Reading with Joe Coomer


Stonington author Joe Coomer will read a selection of his poems, discuss his writing in a Q&A, and sign copies of his books

From 12.30 pm until 1.30 pm

Joe published his first volume of poetry, Other Lives, back in 2017. He admitted then that “the older I got, the more I was tending toward poetry.” He previously published eight novels and two works of non-fiction. The library’s book club is reading and discussing Joe’s seventh novel, One Vacant Chair, for its August pick in a yearlong exploration of Maine authors. Sailing in a Spoonful of Water recounts his time spent restoring and traveling the coast of Maine aboard his vintage sailboat, Yonder. Poetry, on the other hand, frees Joe from story and character development and offers him “immediate gratification.” Poetry is improvisation that follows the mind wherever it wishes to go. 

The Stonington Public Library is thrilled to host Joe Coomer in our Alfresco Authors series. Bring a bite to eat and a chair down to Small Cove Park, and join us for a chance to listen to Joe read his poetry, answer readers questions, and sign books. Some of his books will be available for sale.

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