Edison State welcomes poet for reading

Jan 6, 2011

PUNTA GORDA – Poetry fans can enjoy a free reading from award winning author Michael Hettich at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 19 at the Edison State College Charlotte Campus auditorium.


The reading is presented by Edison State through its partnership with the Florida Literary Arts Coalition. A free workshop with Hettich will precede the reading at 5 p.m.


“Michael Hettich’s poetry is grounded in the senses, the ordinary made special, with under currents that not only touch us physically but intellectually as well,” Edison State professor and poet John Pelot said. “And he accomplishes this with the simplicity and seemingly ease of a virtuoso violinist or Olympic ice skater. He makes his world sound easy, pulling in the rich imagery of his experience, and delivers a present that miraculously unwraps itself to reveal some important truth about this mutual experience we call living.”


Hettich, a professor at Miami Dade College, has published 12 books and chapbooks of poetry. His work includes Tales Prize winner Swimmer Dreams, 2007 Yellow Jacket Press Chapbook Contest winner Many Loves, two Florida Individual Artists Fellowships and a spot on the American Booksellers Association Book Sense Picks Spring 2006 Top 10 Poetry Books list with Flock and Shadow.


Hettich will be available for signings after the reading with copies of his new book Like Happiness available for purchase. For more information regarding the reading contact professor Pelot at 941-637-5662 or jpelol@edison.edu.