Poet Tom Pickard will read and discuss his poetry from 1-3 p.m. Monday, April 18, in the visitor's center of the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correctional Center(ERDCC).
Pickard lives in the North Penine Hills on the English-Scottish border. He is the author of 10 books of poetry and prose, including The Dark Months of May (2004) and Ballad of Jamie Allan (2007).
A finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, Ballad of Jamie Allan was written as a libretto for the composer John Harle and performed at the Sage Gateshead in Durham, England (and recently released as a CD). It concerns an infamous 18th-century gypsy musician and outlaw.
Pickard has also documented working-class culture and history of the North of England in books, on radio, and in TV documentaries. Allen Ginsberg described him as "one of the most livest, truest voices in Great Britain."
Please R.S.V.P. to Mary Gould (firstname.lastname@example.org) by 5 p.m., Thursday, April 14.
The program is sponsored by the Inside Out Speakers Series at Saint Louis University, a series of talks, readings, and performances on the Saint Louis University campus at the Eastern Reception, Diagnostic and Correction center in Bonne Terre, Mo.