This past week was full to the brim with fantastic Lookout events and guests! John Rybicki flew in to Wilmington on Thursday, April 12, and visited Roland-Grise Middle School the next day as a guest teacher for a class of thirty-seven seventh graders. The class loved him and showed some pretty powerful poetry chops themselves! We got some great video of the lesson.
Saturday I was lucky enough to spend time with John in downtown Wilmington during the Azalea Festival. Later that day Edith Pearlman came to Wilmington for the reading on Sunday and to kick of her North Carolina tour!
Sunday evening was the big night. Edith and John both read from their books. Edith read “Mates” from Binocular Vision and John read several poems from his book When All the World Is Old. The room, an audience of over one hundred people, sat silent and awestruck before applauding. After the reading, both John and Edith stayed for a reception with dessert. We sold their books while they signed them and spoke with the guests.
Edith is still on tour in North Carolina. Follow her adventures and interviews on our Facebook page!
Exhausted after a long week and excited for another!
– Sally J. Johnson, Lookout Intern