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September 12, 2019
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Woodbury Room
Jones Library
43 Amity Street

Amherst, MA 01002
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A Reading of Shanti Arts Authors

Thursday, September 12, 2019

7:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Shanti Arts was founded in 2011 to celebrate and promote connections between art, nature, and spirit through exhibitions, book and serial publications, artistic presentations and experiences. Founder Christine Cote will provide a brief history of this unique publishing firm. Then four poets, Justen Ahren, James B. Nicola, Karla Van Vliet, and Wally Swist, will read from their works.

More Information about the Artists:

Justen Ahren “A Machine for the Remembering began as a way of processing a personal experience but grew into a document of witness and remembering, recording in poetry the journeys of individuals seeking refuge in Moria Refugee Camp on Lesvos Island, Greece from the violence they had endured. This is W.S. Merwin’s The Lice for this generation.” —Shanti Arts Books Catalog

James B. Nicola celebrates the arts—all of them—but also reveals the core impulse they share, the psychic “large easel” on which they create the necessary shape that we all somehow sense 'life is meant to have.' “— Rhina P. Espaillat, poet

“Song emerges from what must live,” Karla Van Vliet writes, and with a strong, clear voice, she offers the very music of that survival: the “word made of the body.” — Karin Gottshall, author of award-winning Crocus

Wally Swist “has given us poems whose sensitive simplicity is married to an aesthetic and philosophical sensibility that show us a way of turning our daily lives in the direction of basic, life-enhancing values.” —Margaret Gibson, poet, author of Broken Cup and Not Hearing the Wood Thrush