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The Charter Oak Readings: Obed Sebastian Fonder & Cortney Davis

November 10, 2019 @ 3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Sunday November 10, 3PM: Obed Sebastian Fonder and Cortney Davis
Obed Sebastian Fonder is a young local poet on the rise, working to one day become a national poet. He was born in Queens, New York, but grew up in Hartford. Obed was first bit by the poetry bug in eighth grade English when his class was assigned to study Emma Lazarus’s “The New Colossus” poem. From that point on, he knew poetry had to be a part of his life. Later, he went on the earn his BA in Psychology from the University of Hartford. Now, he is in the process of establishing his own poetry business: For the Times Poetry Service. Clients can request personalized poems for special occasions and book him to speak at their establishments. Obed is also working towards self-publishing his first poetry book: Honeysuckle & Thorns: A Love Story.
Cortney Davis, a Nurse Practitioner, is the author of “Taking Care of Time,” winner of the Wheelbarrow Poetry Prize (Michigan State University Press); of “Leopold’s Maneuvers” (University of Nebraska Press) winner of the Prairie Schooner Poetry Prize; and of “Details of Flesh” (Calyx Books).  Her non-fiction publications include “When the Nurse Becomes a Patient: A Story in Words and Images” and “The Heart’s Truth: Essays on the Art of Nursing.” She is co-editor of three anthologies of poetry and prose by nurses, most recently “Learning to Heal: Reflections on Nursing School in Poetry and Prose” (Kent State University Press). Her poems have appeared in journals including Calyx; Poetry, Superstition Review, Descant, Sun, Bellevue Literary Review, Crazyhorse, Poetry East, Underground Voices, Rattle, and others.  She is the recipient of an NEA Poetry Fellowship and three CT Commission on the Arts Poetry Grants, and was recently selected to serve as poet laureate of Bethel, CT.  www.cortneydavis.com
Reading starts with an Open Mike.
Charter Oak Cultural Center
21 Charter Oak Avenue
Hartford, CT 06106
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November 10, 2019
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm


Charter Oak Cultural Center

21 Charter Oak Avenue




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