Reading with Ann Wallace

Join us at City Lights Bookstore on Sunday, April 21st at 2:00pm for a reading and conversation with Ann Wallace. She'll be reading from her latest poetry collection, Days of Grace and Silence: A Chronicle of COVID’s Long Haul

Ann E. Wallace, PhD is the 2023-24 Poet Laureate of Jersey City, New Jersey. As a long-time survivor of ovarian cancer, a woman with multiple sclerosis, and one of the nation's first Long Covid patients, she has lived and written through illness for thirty years. Pain, disability, and disease—as well as hope and resilience—have inspired and informed her work as a poet, memoirist, patient advocate, and scholar. Her new poetry collection Days of Grace and Silence: A Chronicle of COVID’s Long Haul (Kelsay Books, 2024) was written over three years, beginning when Wallace was first sick with severe acute COVID and following her teenage daughters’ and her long journey of recovery. Wallace’s first collection of poetry, Counting by Sevens (Main Street Rag, 2019), is a reflection on motherhood, illness, and contemporary life in America. Wallace is host and producer of The WildStory: A Podcast of Poetry and Plants by the Native Plant Society of New Jersey and Professor of English at New Jersey City University. Her work is online at and on Instagram @AnnWallace409.

THOMAS EDWARD FRANK is University Professor Emeritus of Wake Forest University, where he taught courses in historic preservation, creativity, and spirituality and the arts. Dr. Frank is a specialist in historic preservation with particular interest in landscapes and streetscapes of American towns and cities, and how they stimulate collaboration, innovation, and artistic expression. His study Historic Houses of Worship in Peril: Conserving Their Place in American Life was published in 2020. He is developing a collection of essays exploring the people and heritage of Black Mountain College, a widely known adventure in liberal arts education, community living, and the arts from 1933-1957. He is Co-Editor of the Journal of Black Mountain College Studies published by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

Event date: 
Sunday, April 21, 2024 - 2:00pm
Event address: 
3 E Jackson St.
Sylva, NC 28734

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