Pure poetry
by Sally Litchfield
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Cobb County Library Director Helen Poyer, back left, admires the poetry awards given to Joseph Fisher, 11, Timothy Greene, 10, Neba Evans, 17, and Tish Bhathagar, 15, along with Cobb Library Foundation Executive Director Terri Capote. The winners will be recognized at the Cobb Library Foundation’s Booked at Six event on Wednesday and Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be the guest speaker. <br>Staff/Abigail Quigley
Cobb County Library Director Helen Poyer, back left, admires the poetry awards given to Joseph Fisher, 11, Timothy Greene, 10, Neba Evans, 17, and Tish Bhathagar, 15, along with Cobb Library Foundation Executive Director Terri Capote. The winners will be recognized at the Cobb Library Foundation’s Booked at Six event on Wednesday and Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be the guest speaker.
Staff/Abigail Quigley
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Neba Evans, 17, shows off her poetry award to her mother, Tressie, at the Cobb County Main Branch-Switzer Library as she and three other poetry winners were named. The winners will be honored at the Cobb Library Foundation’s Booked at Six event on Wednesday and Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be the guest speaker.
Neba Evans, 17, shows off her poetry award to her mother, Tressie, at the Cobb County Main Branch-Switzer Library as she and three other poetry winners were named. The winners will be honored at the Cobb Library Foundation’s Booked at Six event on Wednesday and Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will be the guest speaker.
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On Wednesday, award-winning U.S. Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewey will speak at the Cobb Library Foundation for its Booked at Six event at the Georgia Club at 6 p.m. Sen. Johnny Isakson will introduce Trethewey.

“The Cobb Library Foundation is the fundraising arm of the Cobb Library System,” said Executive Director Terri Capote. “We supplement and enhance the traditional fundraising of the library system. We serve as an advocate and public relations for the needs of the Cobb Library System.”

The Foundation’s fundraising efforts include two author series Booked at Lunch and Booked at Six, along with its cornerstone fundraising gala Booked for the Evening.

The Foundation welcomes American poet Trethewey, who just finished her second term as U.S. Poet Laureate. “She’s the 19th U.S. Poet Laureate. She hails from Mississippi. Much of her poetry is themed in the South, and the struggles of Civil Rights in the South,” Capote said.

Trethewey, a Robert W. Woodruff Professor of English and Creative Writing and director of the Creative Writing Program at Emory University, is author of four poetry collections and a book of creative non-fiction. Her honors include the Pulitzer Prize and fellowships from the Guggenheim Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts.

“This is a good opportunity to come out and shake (Trethewey’s) hand and hear her inspiration, her history of what brought her here today,” said Capote, a Roswell resident.

Booked at Six is an opportunity to meet authors and others in the community.

“You don’t ever know who you might meet there. It’s always a good time and to be in the presence of these writers and to learn about their inspiration and where they come from,” she said.

During the event, Trethewey will recognize the winners of the Mary Ellen Wright Memorial Contest in conjunction with the Booked at Six event. John Waller of Marietta City Schools coordinated judging for the contest.

The Mary Ellen Wright Memorial Poetry Contest was inspired by a long-time Cobb Public Library System patron, volunteer and supporter. She had a great love of poetry and when she passed in 2011, her friend Mary Ann Strossner made a contribution in Mary Ellen’s name with funds earmarked expressly for poetry-related use.

“When we were able to schedule the U.S. Poet Laureate, Natasha Trethewey, for our Booked at Six event, the timing seemed perfect for this poetry contest,” Capote said.

Eleven-year-old Joseph Fisher of Dickerson Middle School was selected the winner of the grade 3 to 6 category for the entry “Sweet Dreams,” and 17-year-old Neba Evans of Osborne High School was selected the winner of the grade 7 to 12 category for the entry “Grandparents Sun.”

The Georgian Club is at 100 Galleria Parkway, Suite 1700, Atlanta. To purchase tickets the event and to learn more, visit cobblibraryfoundation.org or call (770) 528-2196.

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