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Palisade Library Auxiliary sponsors author readings on Saturday, March 14, 2 to 4 p.m.

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Four area writers will be at the Palisade Branch Library on Saturday, March 14, 2 to 4 p.m., as a part of the annual “Meet and Greet Authors” program sponsored by the Palisade Library Auxiliary.

Kyle Harvey, Charles McLeod, Randy Phillis, and George Sibley will read excerpts from their books.  The books will be signed and offered for sale.

Kyle Harvey is an artist, poet, musician and songwriter originally from Omaha, Nebraska. Now he owns an art gallery in Fruita with his family.

He is better known for his poetry publications:

His collection of poems Hyacinth (Lithic Press) was a finalist for the Colorado Book Award.

He is editor of Fruita Pulp, an online poetry journal.

He won the Mark Fischer Poetry prize in 2013 among other honors.

He has a new “chapbook” just published by Lithic Press called “July.”

Charles McLeod, a Colorado Mesa University professor of English, comes from California where he has published three books:

National Treasures in 2012, California Prose Directory: New Writing from the Golden State in 2013, and American Weather.

McLeod will be reading excerpts from American Weather, a novel about Jim Haskin, a forty-year-old millionaire, worth about $35M, who runs his own San Francisco ad firm with the policy, “If your product is upcycled or hydro or vegan, they’ll make you an ad.”

According to a reviewer, “American Weather is a remorselessly funny and savage take-down of modern America.”

Dr. Randy Phillis, a well-known poet and professor of English at Colorado Mesa University, will be reading and signing his latest poetry publication:  Plots We Can’t Keep Up With, in which he explores the relationship of man and memory.

A reviewer explains, “To experience these poems is to sit with the friend whose fridge is always full, whose beer is cold, and whose take on life is knowing and lush.”

Phillis has also authored another poetry collection titled Kismet.

George Sibley of Gunnison is the author of numerous essay collections about life in Colorado in addition to being a poet and filmmaker. Titles include, Part of Winter, Dragons in Paradise, and Water Wranglers, a history about Colorado’s share of the Colorado River.

All four are members of the Western Slope Writers Forum which is co-sponsoring the free event, Saturday, March 14, 2 to 4 p.m.  Refreshments will be provided.

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