Novelist Howard Bahr writes, “When a person reads a Marly Youmans poem, all the spaces ’round about fall silent. The busy world is hushed, and her words, each one perfect and pinned in its perfect place, rise into the silence and burst into light. I, a poor mortal, can explain her work in no other terms.”
Marly Youmans is a poet and novelist, author of five books of poetry and nine novels. She has won several national awards and many “best of the year” citations. Her fiction and poetry have been lauded by writers and critics. Greg Langley, former book editor of the Baton Rouge Advocate, says “Youmans is a writer of rare ability whose works will one day be studied by serious students of poetry.” John Wilson, longtime editor of Books & Culture, says “Youmans (pronounced like “yeoman” with an “s” added) is the best-kept secret among contemporary writers. She writes like an angel–an angel who has learned what it is to be human.”
The program will be held in the Village Meeting Room at 22 Main Street downstairs from the Library. It is free and open to the public.