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Literary House

Summer Literary Salon #2

Date: 4:30pm EDT June 28, 2016

For this second literary salon of Summer 2016, we welcome poets Emilia Phillips & Lesley Wheeler, and local musicians Pam & Bob Ortiz!


Join us for an afternoon of poetry, local music, tasty food and drink, and good conversation about the literary life.


Emilia Phillips is the author of two poetry collections from the University of Akron Press, Groundspeed (2016) and Signaletics (2013), and three chapbooks. Her poems and lyric essays appear in Agni, Boston Review, Gulf Coast, The Kenyon Review, New England Review, Ninth Letter, Poetry, Ploughshares, StoryQuarterly, and elsewhere. She is the Assistant Professor of Creative Writing at Centenary College of New Jersey.


Lesley Wheeler’s poetry collections include Radioland and Heterotopia, winner of the Barrow Street Press Poetry Prize, and her most recent critical study is Voicing American Poetry: Sound and Performance from the 1920s to the Present. Recent poems and essays appear in Crazyhorse, Gettysburg ReviewEcotone, and Poetry, and she blogs about poetry at lesleywheeler.org. Recipient of grants from Fulbright and the National Endowment for the Humanities, Wheeler is the Henry S. Fox Professor of English at Washington and Lee University. She lives in Lexington, Virginia.


Pam Ortiz is that rare songwriter who can touch people where they feel deeply, where they laugh and where they cry.  She did that for 10 years with the group Terra Nova in the ’90s playing to packed coffee houses in the Baltimore, Washington area.  Her songs were showcased in the three albums that the group recorded. Pam released a fourth album, Rattle Them Chains, in 2012.  Since then she has performed with her 5-piece group, the Pam Ortiz Band, as well as solo and with her husband, percussionist, Bob Ortiz.  Her signature clear voice, turn of phrase and melody enhance a catalogue of original songs that speak of who we are, what we’ve won and lost, how we love and live. For this performance, Pam will be joined by husband Bob Ortiz on congas and percussion.