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TMC Bringing Award-Winning Poet to Crestview Hills Bookstore

Thomas More College's Creative Writing Vision Program will welcome narrative poet Stephen Holt to Norhtern Kentucky as he shares from his latest book The Wild Plum Trees on Tuesday, October 20 at 7:00 p.m. at Joseph-Beth Booksellers in Crestview Hills.

Holt is the author of five books of poetry, including Late MowingElegy for SeptemberA Tone Poem of StonesEarthbound, and The Wild Plum Trees. Recipient of the James Still Award for Poetry, Holt has seen his work appear four different times in Alhambra’s International Poetry Calendar. Also, his work was included in Succinct: The Broadstone Anthology of Short Poems. “I would like my work to serve as an example of the kind of free verse that might draw more young readers toward contemporary poetry,” said Holt.

Creative Writing Vision Director and TMC English Professor Sherry Cook Stanforth developed the Visiting Authors Series in order to feature the talents of regional writers in an intimate setting.  

“Our collaboration with Joseph Beth reflects our key mission of expanding literary arts exploration for diverse groups of people. These bookstore gatherings offer community members of all kinds an opportunity to interact directly with local and regional authors.  We hope to inspire productive, ongoing relationships among writing people and provide them with practical resources for appreciating as well as creating literature," said Cook.

TMC's Creative Writing Vision Program includes a Writer-in-Residence in the English Department, a Visiting Authors program series, a "Draft to Craft" evening course for local people who are interested in meeting authors and workshopping their manuscripts, and a bi-annual Community of Creative Writers Retreat along the Ohio River at TMC’s Biology Field Station. The Creative Writing Vision mission also features various literacy outreach programs designed to meet the needs of area K-12 schools and non-profit organizations

For more information about the Thomas More College Creative Writing Vision Program, contact 859-341-5800 or visit

Staf report/Photo: Stephen Holt (provided)