Poet Llyn Clague to Visit Olean Public Library

On Sunday January 9, 2010 at 2:00 pm New York poet Llyn Clague will read from his recently released Glass Door Knob: Lyric Poems at the Olean Public Library in the Art Gallery.

Llyn Clague has published five book of poetry.  The latest, Glass Door Knob: Lyric Poems, was released in October 2010 to critical acclaim.  It is a gentle, quiet collection of more than 40 years of lyrical poems.  His other books are Mali Poems, examining the emotions and insights of a remarkable visit to that African country; Painting Sin, social and political poetry; On Becoming a Poet Full Time, a joyous collection around the role of being a poet; and Confessions: Selected and Edited, a witty and somewhat ironic take on the confessional mode.

His poems have been published in a wide range of journals, including New York Quarterly, Atlanta Review, Wisconsin Review, Ibbetson Street, Mobius, Pegasus, The Iconoclast, Main Street Rag, The Aurorean, Plainsongs, and other magazines.  He was a co-managing editor of the literary and artistic magazine Inprint for 5 years.

Mr. Clague had a 35 year career in business, working both in large companies (GTE, Cadbury Schweppes) and small research and consulting firms.  His principal areas were in human resources, with specialties in international human resources and compensation and benefits.  He also worked in marketing, training and seminar development.  After running his own publishing and consulting business in the ‘90s, he retired in 2001.

He volunteers with the Poetry Caravan, a group in Westchester County that brings poetry to people in institutions – retirement communities, rehab centers, geriatric units, character disorder units and similar departments in hospitals.  The Caravan visits each location, usually once a month, to read and discuss poetry.

As an indirect support to his poetry ,Mr. Clague lived extensively abroad and learned several languages fluently, including French, German and Russian.  The poetries of these countries have continued to inspire and influence his current work.

He lives in Hastings-on-Hudson, New York, with his wife, Alice, who took the striking cover photograph for Glass Door Knob, as well as for his other books.  They have two grown children and three grandchildren.

The Olean Public Library is located at 134 North Second Street, Olean. For more information please call the Olean Public Library Reference desk at (716) 372-0200 or visit th e website at http://www.oleanlibrary.org

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